FOX issues personal apology for rope issues at Charlotte

Fox officials made public apologies on Sunday at Dover International Speedway regarding the CAMCAT rope failure at Charlotte Motor Speedway the weekend prior.

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.

The rope that guides the camera along failed during the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday and  injured 10 fans. Three of the fans were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were treated and released the same night. The other seven fans were treated at the tracks care center. The rope caused damage to cars of both Kyle Busch and Marcos Ambrose.

Chris Myers read a statement from FOX regarding the issue during the pre-race show on Sunday at Dover, 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.”

The race at Dover was FOX’s last race of the season and the camera was not used during the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. When asked  if FOX will use the system again, Kempner said, “I have no idea. It was a great tool and it malfunctioned.”

Starting this week at Pocono Raceway and for the next five weeks following, race coverage will be provided by TNT. ESPN will then take over to close out the rest of the season.