Putting Charlotte Motor Speedway on one REALLY big selfie

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Click on photo to see how wide it can get. (Photo courtesy: Fancam.com)

 

 

So you like to gloat in front of your frieds, ever proud that your mobile phone has a camera within that shoots maybe 10 or 12 megapixel photos.

Woooooooo. Big whoop! (Did I just say that? That is sooooo 70’s).

Okay, after setting you up so high, we’re unfortunately going to bring you down with this bit of news. Frankly, your cell phone camera is nothing more than a toy compared to what we’re going to tell you.

We know someone who has a camera able to shoot up to 348 gigapixels. In case you’re wondering how big that may be, think of it this way. You can pick out a person’s face in the stands from, let’s say, roughly a half-mile away.

During the recent Coca-Cola 600, the largest image ever created was taken. Commissioned in partnership between Coca-Cola and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials, this is one massive shot.

How big is massive?

How about 70,000 times larger than your typical selfie (you can also check it out at www.cocacola600.fancam.com).

“Although we’ve been lucky enough to have captured events such as the Super Bowl and UEFA Champions League Final, the limited time available at those events put a cap on the size of image we could create,” said Tinus le Roux, CEO of FanCam.com, which produced the image. “With NASCAR, we have a much longer shoot window and the Coca Cola 600 was the perfect race to try and push the envelope a bit.”

FanCam.com didn’t just push the envelope, it broke it. The clarity of the individual photo is outstanding. We just wish we could blow it up to normal size on this page, but that could send the bandwidth crashing down at NBC Sports — and probably half the East Coast.

Check out the photo above and the video below (which shows the making of the photo). Outstanding job, indeed.

“We strive to continually push the boundaries of gigapixel photography to enhance the fan experience,” le Roux said. “It was very exciting for our team to be able to capture such an incredible image.”

NASCAR has asked race fans to tag the photo on the CMS web site to potentially break a record for most number of tags on a sports-related photo. The current record is 33,000 tags at a 2011 Michigan vs. Notre Dame football game.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.