NASCAR Team Improves Speed and Performance with Spacenet's Satellite Services

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Michael Waltrip Racing Deploys Spacenet's Connexstar Service to Support Critical Communications at NASCAR Races

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In the NASCAR world, speed and performance is everything. Shaving seconds off the clock can make the difference between winning and losing

Spacenet Inc., one of the world's leading providers of satellite networking solutions, announced that its high-performance Connexstar satellite communications services have been deployed to support Command Center Trailers for Michael Waltrip Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series racing organization. The system was deployed by Spacenet channel partner, Orbital Enterprises, a leading provider of fixed and mobile satellite communications systems.

Michael Waltrip Racing requires reliable communications services for its Command Center Trailers supporting teams at the NASCAR races. The trailers serve as a key communications outlet during the races, providing the latest race information and weather updates across multiple work stations and flat screen monitors. Michael Waltrip Racing is using Spacenet's Connexstar Performance series for transportable satellite services to support high-speed data in the trailers, including critical data transport between the command center and its engineering teams in Charlotte, North Carolina. Orbital Enterprises designed the system for the Command Center Trailers using a transportable auto-acquire antenna.

"In the NASCAR world, speed and performance is everything. Shaving seconds off the clock can make the difference between winning and losing," said Michael Waltrip Racing Director of Information Technologies Patrick Hughes. "We looked at several providers to support our communications requirements, and out of all of them, Spacenet was the only service that provided guaranteed minimum assured network speeds, ensuring reliable and consistent performance. Our Command Center Trailers, utilizing Spacenet's satellite services combined with the design and integration expertise of Orbital Enterprises, provides us with the reliable and rapidly deployable communications system that we require, ultimately helping us be more competitive."

"Spacenet is excited to support Michael Waltrip Racing, and our satellite network provides a critical component for the team's success at the NASCAR races," said Spacenet President and COO Glenn Katz. "As a top competitor, Michael Waltrip Racing thrives in a fast-paced environment. Spacenet's satellite services and unmatched speed guarantees, combined with Orbital Enterprises' design expertise, are an ideal match to meet the team's high-performance requirements."

About Michael Waltrip Racing
Over a decade ago, Michael Waltrip established a modest family-owned NASCAR Nationwide Series team in Sherrills Ford, N.C., called Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). In 2007 when TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) entered competition in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, Waltrip developed a strong partnership with Toyota to field three full-time Toyota Camrys at the pinnacle of the sport while maintaining the integrity of his championship caliber Nationwide team. In the midst of building three NASCAR Sprint Cup teams from the ground floor, Waltrip commenced the construction of a 140,000 sq. ft shop in which all four teams are housed today. Visit

About Orbital Enterprises
Orbital Enterprises is a leading provider of fixed and mobile satellite communications systems, and is committed to providing the very best in remote satellite broadband connectivity. Orbital Enterprises can be contacted at 919-341-3849 or visit

About Spacenet®
Founded in 1981, Spacenet Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of high-performance satellite and hybrid terrestrial networking solutions for US based enterprise, government and small office/small business customers. Spacenet has a longstanding tradition of industry leadership and innovation, and today has more than 100,000 operational network endpoints for customers including many Fortune 500 companies and major government agencies. Spacenet's services include its custom satellite and hybrid network solutions for enterprise and government; Connexstarâ„¢ VSAT services for primary, backup and disaster recovery networks; and StarBand® broadband Internet by satellite. Spacenet is based in McLean, Virginia, and operates its own end-to-end services infrastructure including network management, field services and teleport facilities in McLean, VA; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago, Illinois. Spacenet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT). Visit Spacenet at


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