Racing Electronics announced via email to customers on Thursday that FanVision Entertainment, the company that provides the video and other features not in-car radio related on the FanVision LEGEND device, has ceased business operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of FanVision Entertainment ceasing operations, Racing Electronics will no longer be allowed to sell or support the FanVision or other FanVision LEGEND devices going forward. Racing Electronics acknowledged in the email sent to its customers that this was disappointing news.
While FanVision will cease operations, a separate company from Racing Electronics, Racing Electronics says the scanner features of the LEGEND device will continue to work at any motorsports event with radio communications. In addition, existing LEGEND device owners have an opportunity to purchase a new RE3000 or RE1000 scanner 40% off. The offer will be in effect until December 31st, 2020.
Existing LEGEND customers can also get a free seven-day trial of NASCAR Mobile’s premium features. The company says there is no specific start or end date for this exclusive trial and can be cancelled anytime.
For those unfamiliar with FanVision, the tablet-like device allowed fans at the track to watch a closed-circuit TV broadcast along with in-car cameras and other angles of the race not offered to viewers at home. It also allowed those at the track to listen to officials, in-car radios, track PA and radio.
NASCAR fans did not hesitate to respond to this news on Twitter:
“As a visually impaired fan I really wanted to buy a Legend because after renting I saw a huge difference in my race day experience. Price was out of reach so I went with the RE3000. Hate to see them go out of business but also glad I never made the investment.” - @IngramsThe
“Covid claims a business that many fans enjoyed. At least @TXMotorSpeedway you can rent a scanner from @REradioz and see all the action on Big Hoss, the WORLD’S BIGGEST TV. I used FanVision when I went to other tracks and really like it.” – TMS President @EddieGossage
“Getting the email sucked. Bought my Legend in February in Vegas... I haven't even had it 8 months.” - @TMFlinchum
Racing Electronics will continue to operate and serve fans and teams at the track. The company has been operating since 1988, providing scanners, noise-reduction headphones, and intercom headset systems.