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.

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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