NASCAR and Verizon have announced a multiyear partnership to modernize 12 NASCAR-owned racetracks by enhancing wireless access for race fans, drivers and teams in effort to help fans more easily share images of live events on their mobile devices.
The partnership designates Verizon as the official wireless telecommunications and 5G mobility partner of NASCAR, as well as the official at-track Wi-Fi partner of NASCAR-owned venues. The three-year agreement will see Verizon work with NASCAR to upgrade its in-venue wireless communications service, starting with improved Wi-Fi service at the 12 racetracks the series owns.
“There’s nothing like the thrill and excitement of attending a NASCAR race and now there are more ways than ever to capture and share that experience,” said Craig Neeb, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer. “Partnering with Verizon will offer fans the benefits of reliable in-venue connectivity as we usher in a new era for our sport.”
The deal was announced on the heels of the opening race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, the Daytona 500. The 62nd annual race will be staged February 16.
“The thousands of fans attending NASCAR events across the country need reliable connectivity to share and send photos and videos of races in real-time, stay up-to-date on their favorite drivers, and connect with fellow fans inside and outside the track,” said George Fischer, senior vice president, 5G ecosystems and alliances for Verizon Business Group. “As the official wireless provider for NASCAR, we are looking forward to enhancing the fan experience today and working together to revolutionize the future of the racing experience for drivers and fans.”