What do you do after becoming the youngest race driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the third woman to ever race in the event? Well, for Sarah Fisher the answer was to start a go karting track in the Indianapolis area and install 60 SpeakerCraft speakers to keep everyone entertained.
Sarah Fisher was 19 when she became an IndyCar racer, but after 25 years of successful racing she announced her retirement in 2010 and decided to open Speedway Indoor Karting. The venue consisted of an indoor go karting track, the 1911 Grill, office space and a dual-purpose conference room.
In order to outfit the venue with an array of AV, Sarah turned to firm-favourites Custom Audio Designs to provide the venue with the sound system it required – which consisted of more than 60 SpeakerCraft speakers.
“We had installed an AV system in a previous building that Sarah Fisher owned,” owner of Custom Audio Designs Curt Edwards explains. “When she needed her family’s new speedway business equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, she remembered our previous work and called us for the job. To provide full-bodied audio throughout the entire venue, we mainly relied on SpeakerCraft.”
To ensure that the mood could be set in each area of Speedway Indoor Karting through background music, Curt and his team divided the large venue into four zones of audio. Installed throughout the space are 40 OE5 SpeakerCraft surface mount speakers and 24 Profile CRS8 in-ceiling speakers powered by four SpeakerCraft SC1650 16 channel Power Amps. With a Yamaha stereo receiver and Sonos interface, Sarah and her staff can operate all of the audio through an app on their mobile devices.
“They primarily use the speakers for music throughout the venue, including inside the restaurant, bar and lobby area of the racetrack,” Curt continues. “The interface allows Sarah and her staff to play music through any internet radio platform, but they typically use Pandora.”
According to Sarah, it’s extremely beneficial to be able to select diverse music stations for specific areas throughout Speedway Indoor Karting. “We try and provide different atmospheres to reach various clientele,” she notes. “For example, the downstairs area of the restaurant is very family friendly, whereas we offer a full bar upstairs. The music in each location sets the tone for how patrons are going to experience their day or night of karting.”
In addition to the food, beverage and entertainment aspect of Speedway Indoor Karting, Custom Audio Designs also installed equipment into the dual-purpose conference room that can be converted from one large room into two smaller spaces with a moveable wall. Each of the two spaces offers its own Dalite 106in motorised screen and Epson SVGA Projector. To ensure that the room’s equipment is protected from power hiccups, two Panamax M8EX surge protectors were incorporated.
“The building is 52,000sq-ft, so I was thrilled to be able to get the system installed on time,” Curt adds. “We had to wire the facility from top to bottom and it was definitely a challenge, but when you stand back and see the result it’s a great feeling. It all came together and worked perfectly, so everyone was incredibly happy.”
Curt concludes: “A main highlight is that the system is straightforward and it works. It is seamless on both ends, and is easy for the entire team to operate through their tablets. I’ve had nothing but positive comments about all of the A/V equipment that has gone into the speedway and the SpeakerCraft audio system plays a large role in this success.”