08.04.2005 03:27 PM
NASCAR On NBC Races To Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday With The Allstate 400 At The Brickyard
NBC Sports' coverage of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard from world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway gets underway this Sunday as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (2:30pm ET) will be the first ever high definition broadcast from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with 5.1 surround-sound.

NBC Sports will deploy 74 cameras including cameras unique to Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "Squash-Cam," "Pylon-Cam," "Wall-Cams" and "Flag-Cam," in addition to eight "In-Car-Cams." An extra bank of six monitors will be added to the NBC Sports production truck to accommodate the additional cameras for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. For the first time ever at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the entire race will be broadcast in high definition.

The "Flag-Cam" shoots toward Turn 4 down the frontstretch, allowing viewers at home to see cars coming directly towards them. "Squash-Cam" is a lipstick-size camera buried in the grass just inside Turn 1. The camera often shows a car moving over or extremely close to the camera lens to give the audience the feeling of being "squashed," especially on starts and restarts. "Wall-Cam" is a lipstick-size camera embedded inside the outside wall of Turn 2 and Turn 4. The cameras shoot cars in Turns 1 and 3 respectively and give the viewer the sense of speed of the cars when they drive past the cameras. The "Pylon-Cam" is a robotic camera atop the scoring pylon 92-feet in the air overlooking the infield and providing viewers a sense of the magnificent spectacle of Indianapolis Motor Speedway with its "Canyon of Fans" in the grandstands on either side of the racetrack's frontstretch.

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