A failed cable used to maneuver a track-straddling "skycam," caused injury to ten fans and a handful of racecars during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Three of the injured spectators were taken to area hospitals for evaluation before being treated and released.

The fallen cable crossed the track as well, causing damage to three racecars, including that of then race-leader Kyle Busch. Footage from the event shows Busch colliding with the cable, with the resulting damage a clearly visible tear through the front right fender of his Toyota Camry. The race was stopped as a result of the skycam failure.

NASCAR officials, no doubt scrambling to do the equitable thing (as well as to get their race back on track) allowed crews of the damaged cars 15 minutes for repair before the restart. The move seems to have created a nugget of acrimony within some of the rest of the field, who noted that similar damage during freak on-track accidents has not been rewarded with a stoppage of racing and repair time in the past.

Fox Sports, which televised the NASCAR race and operates the skycam, said in an ESPN report that the it was the camera's drive cable that failed during the race. The camera system has been used successfully at other events, including other NASCAR races, but has been placed on indefinite suspension (no pun intended) for the time being. Scroll below for a full video recap from ESPN.


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      Andrew Ian Dodge
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hearing some of the drivers whine about how NASCAR handled it was a bit pathetic. Some where moaning it gaves the teams that had their cars torn up by the cable an advantage. None of them won so that makes those dolts look a bit lame doesn't it?
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      How bizarre.
      A.J.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still bitter over the chunk of concrete that came loose and smashed in the front of Jeff Gordon's car at Martinsville. I don't recall his crew being allowed to repair the damage under red, either.
        boatr35
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A.J.
        As I read the end of the article I was thinking the exact same thing. Jeff got a raw deal there because he had a great car that day.
      BLS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did I see "Uncrustables" product placement?
      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sunday was a near perfect example of how inferior NASCAR is compared with other racing series. Starting the day with a highly exciting, action-packed Grand Prix of Monaco. Then to Indy, where the IndyCar series, which I generally dislike, put on an outstanding show and a record-breaking 500. Then to Charlotte..... Still early in the 2013 Sprint Cup season, NASCAR has already shown repeatedly how bad it is on multiple levels. Red flags are commonplace (even more glaring when a very rare red flag occurred earlier in the day at Monaco....crews on and off the grid, cars serviced, race resumed in 10 minutes...take notes NASCAR). Many races go hundreds of miles, usually with many cautions, only to be finished with one or several yellows in the final 15 laps and often an incredibly unsatisfying finish under yellow (yes, I know this happened at Indy, but the rest of the race was nearly flawless...they get a pass). NASCAR's own drivers openly criticize the car. Almost no road courses. Furthermore, the inability of NASCAR to race in the rain, even sprinkles, is embarrassing and inexcusable. MotoGP races in the rain. F1 races in the rain. Heck, at Le Mans, drivers bomb down the Mulssane Straight...at night...in an open cockpit...in a driving rainstorm. That NASCAR immediately runs for the pits, parks the cars, puts the covers on them and forces viewers to watch endless driver interviews or replays of last year's race any time a few raindrops hit the tarmac is absurd. Sunday was another example of what has become typical. Parked cars, drivers and cars milling about on pit road, no plan, infrastructure failure, fans injured....this is not entertaining and it is not good racing. Coming on the heels of Monaco and Indy, Sunday night at Charlotte really exposed how bad NASCAR is in comparison.
        Steven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Mostly agree...That NASCAR has become the premier form of motor sport in the U.S. speaks volumes of the mentality of the average fan. I do think that things are changing slowly. TV ratings are down and you see tons of empty seats at their races now. Too many races, too many ovals, too many 4 & 5 hundred milers. Overexposed...
        boatr35
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        If you knew anything about racing you would realize why Nascar doesn't race in the rain and other series do. Sprint Cup cars have a higher center of gravity, less downforce, no traction control, and their cars weigh 3,500lbs. Also, Nascar rarely has a race finish under caution anymore with the addition of the "green, white, checkers" rule. I'm not one to usually knock other forms of racing as I figure to each his own. However, when someone puts down a sport I enjoy, I'll gladly make a comparison. I don't like F1 and Indy because it seems that the cars are more about technology than the drivers skill. It's not really "racing" in my mind, more like follow the leader and who can outlast the others. With the exception of this last Indy 500, which I actually enjoyed watching for the first time in years, there's not a whole lot of passing going on. Also, I don't get how people can enjoy going to watch a road course race where you only see a very small fraction of the track. Like I said earlier though, to each his or her own. Just stick with your open wheel stuff and leave us Nascar fans to enjoy our racing.
          collabplan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @boatr35
          You must have missed the points I also made about Le Mans/endurance racing. That isn't open wheel, amigo. But as you said, to each his own.
        Stomp and steer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Yet just about every driver who's tried NASCAR comes away with respect for the car and racing. Once the teams get used to this car the racing will be even better. Monaco had not one pass for the lead. Good racing. Indy had alot of passing for the lead but the racing actually sucked. They were never running inches apart side by side for laps at a time like they used too. It all boils down to what you prefer to watch.
          steveray3rd
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stomp and steer
          totally agree......and all three are totally dif. types of racing, and I love all types of automotive racing,
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
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        SirUno
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Effen A Cotton!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
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          collabplan
          • 1 Year Ago
          Now now, Aaron...nothing positive to say? I clearly gave high praise to F1, Le Mans and even IndyCar in my original post. The only series I was critical of was NASCAR. So, my post was overwhelmingly positive! You just focused on the negative part!
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      The most exciting things about NASCAR are everything BUT the race.
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      NASCAR drivers can't resist stuffing their fat faces can they?
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      This news took a while...
      Peter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Formula 1 teams surely wouldn't let their drivers carry around their Cell phones like NASCAR teams do. Every GRAM counts in F1! http://www.caranddriver.com/columns/technical-secrets-of-an-f1-engine-learned-in-toledo
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter
        F1 cars have minimum weights just like NASCAR cars do. If they found value in carrying a cell phone, they would lighten up some other part of the car to get back to minimum including the cellphone. Just like NASCAR. WRC cars all also are very powerful and as light as allowed, and they all carry cell phones. I think they actually carry multiple cell phones.
          Peter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          You are correct when you say F1 cars do have a minimum weight limit. In fact, after an F1 car is constructed, it weighs less than the minimum weight limit and the teams add ballast in strategic locations to balance out the car. That 4 to 6 ounces that an average Smartphone weighs would surely throw the balance of an F1 car off significantly and the Teams couldn't accept that. btw, I'm joking. Don't take it too seriously.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter
        NASCAR doesn't let their drivers cary cell phones. Kyle bush borrowed a crew members phone on pit road to take pictures of the damage.
      • 1 Year Ago
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