NASCAR suspends use of aerial camera systems

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With NASCAR still looking into an incident at this past May’s Coca-Cola 600 that saw a Fox Sports television cable snap and injure fans and damage race cars, the sanctioning body has announced the suspension of all aerial camera systems.

“Pending further investigation of the cable camera system incident during the NASCAR race in Concord, N.C. in May, NASCAR has decided, in collaboration with its broadcast partners, to suspend all media partner usage of aerial camera systems that hang over race tracks during its sanctioned events,” NASCAR said in a statement.

“The safety of our competitors and our fans remains NASCAR’s number one priority, and until total evaluation and analysis have been completed, usage of this particular technology enhancement and any similar enhancements, has been suspended.”

Ten fans were injured when a nylon rope that served as a guide for a Fox camera fell into the Charlotte Motor Speedway grandstands. The wayward rope also damaged the cars of Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose and Mark Martin when they ran over it, forcing NASCAR to throw the red flag for a 27-minute delay. Teams affected were allowed a 15-minute period to try and fix any damage sustained.

According to the Associated Press, ESPN was planning on using an overhead camera system for next weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis and the Aug. 11 Sprint Cup event at Watkins Glen prior to NASCAR making its decision.

Verstappen picks illegal Raikkonen pass as favorite F1 2017 overtake

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Max Verstappen has picked his illegal pass on Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap of the United States Grand Prix as his favorite overtake of the Formula 1 season.

Verstappen was one of F1’s most prolific passers through 2017, making 22 overtaking moves as per Pirelli’s end of year data.

When asked to pick out his favorite in a post-season interview on his official website, Verstappen picked his bold move on Raikkonen at the Circuit of The Americas that sparked controversy when he was penalized for completing the overtake off-track.

The Red Bull driver had charged from 16th on the grid to cross the line third, only for a five-second time penalty to deny him a podium and drop him to fourth in a snap call made before the post-race ceremony.

“Of course, at first your initial reaction is something like: ‘Why? It was a great move.’ But when you look at the rules, it was not correct,” Verstappen said.

“Nothing was by the book that whole weekend. Drivers were getting off track without being penalized for it. But you always need to focus on the positives: it was still a nice race and everyone enjoyed the excitement all the way down to the final lap.

“It’s always nice to be on the podium, but to finish fourth after having started sixteenth, is still a great result.

“It wasn’t as painful as most people thought it was. In the end I made my peace with it.”

Asked if it was his best move of the year, Verstappen said: “Yes, because this year I actually didn’t have that many overtakes.

“With this car you are actually only able to overtake on the straights, which is really not that satisfying compared to last year.”