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In-Car Cameras

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all three cameras produce an image at the same time?

This is probably the most misunderstood idea regarding the in-car camera. Only one signal is being sent from the car at a time WHEN the dual path systems are not installed. So if the roof camera is selected to show that camera, then the driver and bumper camera have no images being sent to the receive sites. The “Dual Path” systems were introduced in 2011 by Broadcast Sports International. When a network uses these systems a combo of shots can be sent from the race car.  Ex: Watching a driver drive through a wreck while we also watch the roof camera angle.

How does the in-car camera get a signal from the car to viewers’ televisions?

Broadcast Sports International (BSI) has mastered this process in many forms of auto racing. The signal leaves the race car on the track to receive sites of a “ground-base” system located around and above the race track. (The “ground-base” replaces the former way of sending a signal to a helicopter) From the receive sites of the “ground-base” the signal travels to BSI’s production truck located inside the TV compound located at the track. BSI then deliverers the signal the network covering the event to where the network incorporates the cameras into the show then sent to satellites eventually arriving to your television.

How many cameras are in each race car?

Three cameras are placed in a standard in-car camera racing package. A roof camera, driver shot, and bumper camera. In some instances, a fourth camera is placed in a race car as a “trick shot”, example of this is a foot shot at a road course or a brake shot on a short track.

How does a sponsor/team obtain an in-car camera system for a Xfinity or Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race?

A sponsor/team can obtain in-car cameras systems by making a media buy with FOX Sports or NBC Sports or doing a “one-off” in-car camera purchase through Sports & Entertainment Media, LLC.

When does the camera system get installed into the race car?

Due to impound rules for the Xfinity Series, Xfinity cars are normally installed the first time the Xfinity garage area is opened, per NASCAR each weekend. Per NASCAR rules, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup cars are installed first thing at the start of the weekend.

Does the sponsor or team get a copy of the camera footage from a particular race?

A copy of the in-car footage is available to the race team after that particular event has been run.  NASCAR Media Group can assist a sponsor in obtaining footage off a FTP Site.

How long does it take to install a camera system into a race car?

Depending on the time frame given to BSI, a car can be installed within 20-25 minutes without interruption.

What is the average exposure time a sponsor receives from an in-car camera for a given race? 

Xfinity in-car cameras average 3 mins :17seconds of exposure per race.  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup in-car cameras are averaging 3 mins :06 seconds of exposure per race.  Exposure is determined by how network covers their stories and competitor runs during a race.

What guarantees are given to a sponsor or team wanting to purchase an in-car camera?

Networks would like to try and have the Xfinity cars obtain :30 seconds of exposure via the in-car camera for one event.  With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup cars the networks like to get :45 seconds of exposure from an in-car camera.  There is always that chance a race car has an accident or engine failure early in a race.  Normally exposure reaches limit by replays in these situations, but most networks work with sponsors and teams to assure a satisfied costumer.

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