NASCAR Making Changes To Pit Road Officiating
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 14, 2014 | 1:04 P.M. EST
NASCAR will use various cameras to officiate pit road in 2015, a senior executive said Wednesday. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR will use its automated pit officiating technology next season, becoming the first sport to use technology to officiate each of its events. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations, made the announcement Wednesday at a conference in Boston.
O’Donnell spoke at Front End of Innovation, a conference bringing together industry executives, practitioners, academics and experts in innovation, product development and research and development.
“Innovation helps drive NASCAR, and it is central to the sport’s evolution,” O’Donnell said. “There are several examples of it improving the sport, none more recent – and impressive – than Air Titan 2.0. The next wave of NASCAR innovation is the pit road officiating technology, which will increase the overall quality of in-race officiating.”
The pit road technology will employ numerous video cameras, which will be mounted to inspect and gather data – in real time – from all areas of pit road. Following O’Donnell’s overview of the new system, he discussed future incarnations, including the use of the collected data to improve the fan experience while in the stands at-track or watching at home on television.