150 microphones have been placed at Daytona International Speedway; 300 personnel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – FOX Sports, marking its 15th Daytona 500, is raising its game yet again, adding aerial drone coverage and a record number of in-car cameras to its already standard-setting production lineup for the 60th running of the Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network.
In an industry first, and working closely with NASCAR and ISC, FOX Sports is utilizing a drone to provide live coverage from behind the backstretch at iconic Daytona International Speedway. Tethered to allow it to fly for longer periods of time, it will be able to hover and move around outside of the racing area to cover the action from an entirely new angle for viewers.
“Each year, Daytona Speedweeks allows us to develop, test and deploy more and more technical enhancements than we are able to do at most other events,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP Field & Technical Operations. “The sheer mount of multi-day, multi-platform programming FOX Sports has over multiple races, qualifying sessions and practice sessions allows us the reps to do so.
Added Davies: “This year is no different, as we are using the popular Visor Cam for the first time in a Daytona 500, our first fiber NASCAR IP transmission, different stabilized camera mounts to access different areas of the pits and our digital mosaic offering.”