NASCAR is always trying to make the sport safer for its drivers and beginning in April they will be continuing with that goal.
NASCAR will require Cup Series teams to install high-speed cameras to focus on the drivers. The cameras will be triggered to record at the same time the data incident recorder engages in an accident, according to ESPN.com.
Since the announcement many have weighed in with their opinions on the matter, including Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Jr’s point is one that is already gaining traction. NASCAR owns the data from the recorders, and will determine if any of it ever gets released. Releasing video of a terrible accident might gain some eyeballs online, but might not be the type of publicity the family-friendly NASCAR needs.
ESPN’s Bob Pockrass announced the impending move on Twitter and further explained the details behind the move.
NASCAR officials have said the objective is to gather data and determine possible improvement to make things safer for drivers. They also shared that the move is not necessarily to diagnose injuries from specific crashes but merely to make the sport safer.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out once the change is implemented.