If Texas Motor Speedway is any indication, things truly are bigger and better in the Lone Star State.
The Fort Worth speedway released its 2014 schedule on Monday afternoon announcing that the IndyCar Series would return alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on June 5-7 but added that the open-wheel race would go an additional 50 kilometers and be retitled the 'Firestone 600.'
Keeping with the theme of bigger and better, the Speedway also announced the construction of the world's largest HD video board -- dubbed Big Hoss TV -- which will be completed in time for the track's April NASCAR weekend.
The video board, which will be built by Panasonic, will boast over 20,000 square feet of 1080p HD display. The screen will be 218 feet wide by 94½ feet tall, but the actual height of the structure will rise to nearly 125 feet above ground level with its support structures.
The 108-ton video board will be located in the center of the backstretch behind the grandstands. The screen will become the largest in the world, taking that distinction from its sister track's big screen in Charlotte.
Locally, it will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (nee Cowboys Stadium) which is only 11, 520 square feet.
"We are extremely proud to have the world's largest video board coming to Texas Motor Speedway as well as now having the top two largest in the world at our facilities," Speedway Motorsports, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Bruton Smith said. "This continues to show our company's commitment to our great race fans and our efforts to remain at the forefront of our industry. [Texas Motor Speedway President] Eddie [Gossage] always tells me everything is bigger in Texas, so I wanted to make this video board fit his motto."
The June Truck Series/IndyCar doubleheader remains a tandem for the 18th consecutive season, dating back to the speedway's opening in 1997. The Trucks will race on Friday June 6 with the IndyCar Series set to race on Saturday June 7.
Texas is currently the only venue on the schedule in which fans can watch a NASCAR national touring series event and IndyCar compete on the same weekend. Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves is the defending IndyCar race winner.
IndyCar parent organization Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles expects to announce the rest of the 2014 IndyCar Series schedule at some point prior to the Indy season finale at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19.
Big Hoss TV by the numbers
1 - Size ranking for sports facility HD video boards in the world
2 - U.S. motorsports facilities with video boards among world's 50 largest (Texas, Charlotte)
8 - Video boards at Texas sports facilities that rank among the top 50
9 - Alamo buildings that would fit inside the screen area
10 - Movie theater screens that would fit inside the display
94.49 - Width, in feet, of the screen display
108 - Weight, in tons, of the video display board
124.49 - Height, in feet, of the screen from ground level to the top
373 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars would fit inside the screen
218.37 - Length, in feet, of the screen display
9,000 - Square feet larger than the Dallas Cowboys video board
20,633 - Square footage of the display screen
4,792,320 - Number of pixels
281,000,000,000,000 - Number, in the trillions, of different colors it will display