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.