NBC Sports today showed off a new custom pitbox that will be at every race for its second half of the NASCAR season. The 14-foot-by-12.5-foot pitbox, which is a couple feet longer and higher than a typical pitbox, will be used for everything from pre/post race coverage to possibly having analysts call races from there. The pitbox cost roughly the same to buy as NBC’s prior pre-post race set did and features a touch screen at the base plus several screens, a desk and nine camera positions, along with prominent “NASCAR on NBC" branding.
NBC Sports VP/NASCAR Production Jeff Behnke said that the pitbox was an idea NBC Sports Exec Producer Sam Flood first brought to life when NBC aired NASCAR back in ’01. NBC, which starts its coverage of the Cup Series July 1 at Chicagoland, borrowed a pitbox from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing last year to test out having analyst Steve Letarte call two races from pit road during Xfinity Series races.