NASCAR goes high tech to crack down on pit-road violations

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Of all the high-tech trailers at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR has one that’s more elaborate, sophisticated and specialized than the rest.

It’s like a top-of-the-line laptop compared to a Commodore 64.

And it could play a significant role in determining the outcome of the Daytona 500 — and maybe even the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

The 53-foot trailer houses much of NASCAR’s new pit-road technology, which includes real-time feeds from 45 high-definition cameras that record every pit stop made during Cup races. The multimillion dollar transporter will travel from track to track, providing video footage and computer software programming that will determine penalties.

Think of it as NASCAR’s version of instant replay with the kind of intelligence that rivals pitch-tracking.

 

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