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Last week during the duels when they showed the incar camera replay of Danicas nasty wreck, it kind of surprised me that they showed the cockpit replay. To my knowledge, NASCAR and TV have hardly EVER showed in-car wreck replays, only showing the driver unstrapping and climbing out after a wreck. This year, they are seemingly showing every single driver with a camera wrecking and taking the full force of the hit. Is it just me or does anyone else think this?
I personally don't really care for it. I mean, i guess it makes good TV but i don't really want to see my favorite driver slamming into something and watching the human body taking a impact like that. Thats just me though.
 

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I'm a big fan of the on board cameras (roof cam) the only reason I like the cock pit camera is I can see what they are doing to try and save it.
 

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I do enjoy watching them try to recover when out of control, but do have to admit, it makes me cringe a bit watching them get slammed the way they do.
 

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I think part of it is that more and more cars every week have on board cockpit cameras than ever before. Used to be only a couple of drivers. Now, more cameras means better odds on being in a car that wrecks.

On a side note, after JJ's wreck, I kinda got a chuckle over DW stating something to the effect that drivers had "taken a lesson from Danica this week" about getting their hands off the steering wheel in an unrecoverable wreck to avoid injury.

I call BS, DW. Drivers were doing that LLLOOONNNGGG before Danica ever walked this Earth!
 

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I like that they're showing them during those instances.. I'm curious as to how they act to such crashes/wrecks trying to save it.. Not that I would be racing but it would be handy in a crazy situation on the freeway.
 

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I call BS, DW. Drivers were doing that LLLOOONNNGGG before Danica ever walked this Earth!
Lol. I second that.. Otherwise, there would have been a lot of drivers having wrist injuries.
 

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as a racer ...its painfull to watch...when we wreck on the half mile we are going alot slower than those boys are ...and i know how that feels ....been there done that ....or should i said wrecked that .....
 

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I think it´s not bad to show what such a crash does to a driver.

It´s not just a media show. It goes to show that even with modern safety technology, drivers do not crash a car just for the fun of it because there is no fun involved in a car wreck, whether it´s on the road or on a track.

If they didn´t show these before, but do increasingly often show them now, then I hope it helps stop the "I hope he wrecks" mentality as well as the "yeah, that was a great wreck" comments that can sometimes be found here on the forum.

There isn´t a moment in a race where I hope a single driver wrecks, or where I think a "well timed" wreck might come in handy to get my favorite driver to the front of the field.

Accidents involving an impact are however part of racing and I think the racers going out on hose tracks deserve a great deal of respect for doing their job.
 

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I like being able to see the driver and how they react in a crash. As long as they didn't get seriously injured in the wreck obviously. I think the recent increase in in-car shots is the ability to show two on-boards at once: one roof cam and in-car. I think 2011 was the first time they were able to do that.
 

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i dont like seein them as much, but they never show onboard when a car flips, so we should be happy of that
 

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I really like it, but as someone said earlier it just makes you feel their pain. You could tell last night that JJ was really struggling to catch his breath, obviously he was ok, but you could just tell how much it still hurts even with the new safety equipment.
 

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The only reason they are showing it now is because the in car camera points both ways. Before, it only pointed one way and they had to turn it, and normally it was looking out the front window.

Well, that and to make it seem like Danica created something that has been in vogue for at least a decade.

They do show in cars in flips. The roof cameras usually don't survive a flip, though. What they never show is in-car pit stops.
 

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The only reason they are showing it now is because the in car camera points both ways. Before, it only pointed one way and they had to turn it, and normally it was looking out the front window.

Well, that and to make it seem like Danica created something that has been in vogue for at least a decade.

They do show in cars in flips. The roof cameras usually don't survive a flip, though. What they never show is in-car pit stops.
Yeah, no doubt. I like how they try and say taking your hands off the wheel is new and they cant believe Danica knew to do that..

Duh, it's second nature to her due to her background in indycars. She was taught to do that, its instinct to her. Even when they interviewed her about it she said it was just normal and thats its natural for her to do it.
 

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I wish we would've had an onboard camera from Gordon in the duels. I would've liked to have seen how he reacted to rolling a car for the first time since his dirt days 20+ years ago.
 

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Yeah, no doubt. I like how they try and say taking your hands off the wheel is new and they cant believe Danica knew to do that..

Duh, it's second nature to her due to her background in indycars. She was taught to do that, its instinct to her. Even when they interviewed her about it she said it was just normal and thats its natural for her to do it.
It's normal in pretty much any open-wheel series, including the SK Modfieds at the local tracks.


The only one I didn't like was the one after DANICADANICADANICADANICA's Duel wreck, they cut straight to it as soon as the car stopped moving. What if she had been unconscious at that point? I mean the chance of her being knocked out are very slim in a current COT, but still.
 

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It's normal in pretty much any open-wheel series, including the SK Modfieds at the local tracks.


The only one I didn't like was the one after DANICADANICADANICADANICA's Duel wreck, they cut straight to it as soon as the car stopped moving. What if she had been unconscious at that point? I mean the chance of her being knocked out are very slim in a current COT, but still.

That and because they cut away to her in car camera so quickly, we didn't even see the end of the race. I don't believe they ever showed how the race ended because they were so focused on Danica's wreck. We all just knew it ended under caution.
 

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It's normal in pretty much any open-wheel series, including the SK Modfieds at the local tracks.


The only one I didn't like was the one after DANICADANICADANICADANICA's Duel wreck, they cut straight to it as soon as the car stopped moving. What if she had been unconscious at that point? I mean the chance of her being knocked out are very slim in a current COT, but still.
I second that. I understand showing a incar replay after the wreck and knowing the driver is unhurt but i thought the same thing during her Duel wreck. If they switch over to incar so quickly too many times, they are going to end up showing a driver injured and i wouldnt think that would go over well with viewers or NASCAR.
 

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I second that. I understand showing a incar replay after the wreck and knowing the driver is unhurt but i thought the same thing during her Duel wreck. If they switch over to incar so quickly too many times, they are going to end up showing a driver injured and i wouldnt think that would go over well with viewers or NASCAR.
Even if they would show an unconscious driver in a wrecked car, that´s the reality of racing and like it or not, but when you´re a racing fan, you´ll have to deal with that reality.

Ever thought how racers could die in one of those wrecks? That also is the reality of racing, and it belongs to the real risks of a very dangerous job. You only have to think of Dale Earnhardt sr, Ayrton Senna and Dan Wheldon to know what the risks of motorsport are, and ignoring that or looking away is making the deaths of the aforementioned drivers, and the many that have died before and after them a little less meaningful. I do not think that is fair to those who lost their lives in purchase of a dream, or a goal but ultimately also for our entertainment.

The risk that they "accidentally" show an unconscious driver is 0%. The video editor or editors have live feeds to all of the available cameras at any given moment during the race. They check the angle and action on a camera before switching to that camera. Good editors know how to cache their mistakes so that no one notices, but good editors also know the ethics of making good television and will do their best to not make mistakes.
 
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