Fan hurt in cable cam incident at 2013 Coke 600 sues Charlotte Motor Speedway, Fox Sports

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NASCAR fan Patrick Carpenter, who was injured at the 2013 Coca-Cola 600 when a guide rope for an overhead TV camera snapped and fell into the stands, has sued Charlotte Motor Speedway and Fox Sports.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Carpenter, who sat in Turn 4 at the race, filed suit last week in Randolph County, North Carolina and is seeking more than $10,000 in damages.

He alleges that he suffered permanent impairment to his right arm because of the incident and that both Charlotte Motor Speedway and Fox Sports were negligent in inspecting the overhead camera rig. Neither the track nor Fox chose to comment on the suit.

The rope also fell onto the racing surface and caused significant damage to several cars as they ran over it, including those of Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, and Marcos Ambrose. The incident forced the race into a delay of almost half an hour, and 10 fans were treated for injuries.

While Fox’s own investigation into the incident was ongoing, NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems for all of its media partners in July of 2013.

Today’s Observer quotes a Fox spokesman as saying that results of the investigation cannot be made public due to litigation.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race