FOX Sports suspends use of malfunctioning equipment indefinitely

FOX Sports suspends use of malfunctioning equipment indefinitely

FOX Sports suspends use of malfunctioning equipment indefinitely

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 2:50 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- FOX Sports and NASCAR continue to wait for results of an investigation into an equipment malfunction at this weekend’s Coca Cola 600, which injured ten fans.

A cable belonging to FOX snapped 121 laps into the race. Parts of the wire landed on the fans. Their injuries were minor.

FOX Sports said in a statement Tuesday that use of the system has been suspended.

The full statement reads:

"Everyone at FOX Sports is relieved and thankful to know that the injuries to fans, caused when CAMCAT malfunctioned at Charlotte Motor Speedway, were minor, and those who received hospital treatment were released Sunday night.  As stated previously, we regret that the race was affected, and we apologize to the racers whose cars were damaged, to everyone at CMS, NASCAR, and NASCAR fans, especially those who were hurt. 

At this time, we do not have a cause for what happened, but FOX Sports is reviewing with CAMCAT its equipment maintenance records, history and installation information and will share those findings with NASCAR and CMS.  Use of the system is suspended indefinitely, however there is only one race left in FOX’s portion of the season, and CAMCAT was not going to be used this week in Dover.

The rope is made of Dyneema, an ultra-strong synthetic that has the same approximate strength of a steel wire with the same diameter, and is less than a year old.  According to CAMCAT, it had been factory-tested by the manufacturer and its breaking strength is certified before shipment. It was also inspected by CAMCAT upon receipt last June and several times since.  The rope was certified to have a breaking strength of over 9,300 pounds. The force exerted during Sunday night's race was less than 900 pounds.

This camera system had been used successfully by FOX Sports at this year’s Daytona 500, last week’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and by other networks at major events around the world, including the London Olympics."

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