Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix is immersed in one of the most ambitious lighting upgrades at a race track in the country.

Work began last week at the dragstrip in the Gila River Indian Community to convert from traditional sodium vapor lights – most of which have been used at the track since 1983 – to state-of the-art Aleddra 500 Watt LED Pro Sports fixtures.

The project includes installing 151 LED units from around the dragstrip’s starting line through the turnaround at the end of the 2,300-foot track.

The upgrade will nearly quadruple the previous lighting in plenty of time for the Park’s largest event of the year, the annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals on February 21-23, 2020.

The new lighting will shine brightly on July 13 for the Go Fast Drift & Drags then on July 19 for the new Midnight Madness Summer Party edition of Advance Auto Parts Friday Night Drags that will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“This project is so important to everyone involved with Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park,” said Ron Conner, the Motorsports Park’s Track Operations Manager. “The new lighting will provide a consistent flow of illumination down the track that will make it easier for racers to see whether they’re going 120 miles an hour or 300 miles an hour.

“Improving our lighting is crucial for members of our safety crew to better monitor on-track activity, and especially past the finish line. This will make the Motorsports Park one of the best lit and safest places to race in the country.” Pete Carlo, Eco’s Southwest Regional Sales Manager, is overseeing the project. He says elevated illumination also will result in an energy cost savings of between “60 to 70 percent” and reduce the carbon footprint produced from sodium vapor lighting.

"The Motorsports Park’s goal was for Eco to generate better and more uniform illumination than the high-pressure sodium fixtures previously installed, achieve greater than half the operating cost and reduce the carbon footprint emitted by the old high-pressure sodium fixtures,” he said.

“By converting to LED fixtures, the Motorsports Park will reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 154 metric tons.”