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NASCAR New Media Hub: Revolutionizing Content Creation and Live Shows

NASCAR New Media Hub: NASCAR’s new cutting-edge production facility, spanning 58,000 square feet in Concord, N.C., won’t house a dedicated NASCAR channel, but it will serve as the hub for numerous live and streaming shows once the $7.7 billion media rights contract kicks in from 2025.

The forthcoming seven-year run of Xfinity Series shows, airing on the CW Network, will be entirely crafted within this spanking new $53 million facility. While specifics for the Cup and Craftsman Truck Series under the new media rights deal are yet to be ironed out, Brian Herbst, NASCAR’s senior vice president of media and productions, affirms that discussions are ongoing.

As the current TV contract prevails until 2024, NASCAR currently handles the production of Truck Series races for FOX and FS1. The broadcasters call these events from a studio nestled in Charlotte.

This avant-garde facility comprises three studios alongside a production room mirroring an on-site TV production trailer. Notably, it boasts a room for NASCAR’s race control team and another for broadcasters to call races without being track-side. This ingenious setup will be put to test during the Jan. 27-28 Rolex 24, with race commentary originating from the Concord facility.

Herbst elaborates, “This setup not only bolsters broadcast partners but caters to content creation from Mondays to Thursdays – NASCAR.com, digital platforms, and future ventures. Situating this facility in Concord, North Carolina, closer to teams and their workshops was strategic. It aligns with our vision, anticipating new entrants in the media space necessitating more in-house production.”

Beyond NASCAR Productions, this establishment also houses NASCAR Studios and Motor Racing Network. The largest studio spanning 1,500 square feet accommodates a race car, while two other studios clock in at 1,200 and 400 square feet. The infrastructure includes eight control rooms, four audio control rooms, four announce booths, eight edit suites, and two audio sweetening rooms.

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Although some staff will remain in Charlotte, a total of 144 will transition to the Concord facility, conveniently positioned near the NASCAR Research and Development Center.

“We’ve upgraded our outdated production tech,” Herbst notes. “This move allows us to enhance live event capabilities. Collaborations with Amazon for the Garage 56 documentary and ongoing negotiations with Netflix indicate a pivot toward more diversified content in the future.”

On the potential for non-racing content, Herbst envisions a bustling schedule from Friday to Sunday, February through November, leaving ample room for operation and collaborations from Monday to Thursday.

“In essence, this facility is primed for not just motorsports. It’s open for business, welcoming non-motorsports entities into the fold,” Herbst affirms confidently.

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Our Reader’s Queries

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