NASCAR announced today that cable camera systems will not be used at races as an investigation continues into an incident at the Coca-Cola 600 in May.
Several cars, including that of race leader Kyle Busch, sustained damage when the camera cable was run over, leading NASCAR officials to red-flag the Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after 126 laps.
"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."
ESPN, which will televise the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on its networks, including ABC, issued a statement of its own acknowledging the suspension of the cable camera systems.
"We have an excellent working relationship with NASCAR and totally understand their position," Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, motorsports, production, said. "We look forward to beginning our NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule at Indianapolis and televising 17 great weeks of racing."
NASCAR on ESPN will begin televising the final seven races of the regular season and the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on ESPN Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m. ET with the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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