Mar. 3, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin leads a pack of cars during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Asks for Removal of Roof Cams


The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will bring about something familiar to fans, but not as often as we’re used to seeing it. NASCAR has asked that teams and the television crews remove the roof on-board camera in 2013.

The roof camera that is so commonly used in NASCAR on television will no longer be seen when the series is racing at the intermediate tracks on schedule. Meaning, most of the cookie cutter tracks will no longer carry that camera angle. This will effect two-thirds of the races on schedule this year.

Sprint Cup Series director John Darby says that the removal of the camera is one of several moves they made a decision to go with during the off-season with the new Generation-6 car.

According to Rich Feinberg, vice president of motorsports production for ESPN, the company that produces the in-car cameras, “are in the process now of developing new options to replace (the roof camera). Perhaps behind the rear-view mirror, various places inside the car.”

The decision was made in an effort to “lessen the impact of turbulent air” that had a heavy influence on the side-by-side racing on the intermediate tracks in 2012.

The cameras will continue to be used at Daytona, Sonoma, Talladega, and Watkins Glen. It is expected that the roof camera’s will be used at the short tracks: Bristol, Martinsville, and Richmond.

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