FOX apologizes for TV cable mishap
June 02, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
DOVER, Del. -- Fox officials made two public apologies Sunday in regard to last week’s broken camera rope at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Artie Kempner, lead director for Fox network’s coverage of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, apologized to drivers and officials during Sunday’s drivers’ meeting at Dover international Speedway.
During the network’s pre-race show, host Chris Myers read a statement from the network, saying “Many of you saw last week’s race at Charlotte, where a television camera cable dropped on to the track, interrupting the race, and unfortunately, injuring some race fans.
“At Fox Sports, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best race coverage and being a part of the NASCAR family. We regret what happened and we apologize to our partners at NASCAR, the drivers, our friends at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and most of all, the fans.”
NASCAR on Fox wraps up its portion of the 2013 NASCAR broadcast schedule with the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at DIS.
The Coca-Cola 600 was delayed for more than 30 minutes after a rope used to move an overhead camera unit above the track broke and was struck by several cars.
Track officials said 10 fans were injured by the cable; seven were treated at the track and three were transported to a local hospital. Those transported had been treated and released by the conclusion of the race.
The cars of race leader Kyle Busch, Mark Martin and Marcos Ambrose sustained the most damage on the track.
NASCAR officials allowed all teams to repair any damage to their cars caused by the incident.
TNT begins its six-race coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup events next week when the series travels to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
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