BSI Captures Dramatic Kanaan-Castroneves Crash
This past Sunday witnessed one of the more spectacular crashes of the auto racing season and Broadcast Sports, Inc. (BSI) was in the perfect spot to capture it.
BSI’s Panning Roof On-Board Camera was in the car as Tony Kanaan — traveling at about 180 mph — came over the top of Helio Castroneves’ car in an amazing wreck at the IZOD IndyCar Series race warm-up session at the Baltimore Grand Prix.
BSI’s compact, high definition on-board camera featured on NASCAR and Indy Racing League broadcasts caught a unique glimpse into the extraordinary experience of these two drivers and their cars.
The camera is capable of panning 360 degrees in either direction as it follows high speed action on the track and it did just that as Tony Kanaan, driving the No. 82 GEICO KV Racing Technology-Lotus car, came into the breaking zone at turn one of the Baltimore street circuit and was met with a mechanical brake failure.
About 100 feet ahead of him was Helio Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske car, who was already breaking for the turn. The left side of Kanaan’s out-of-control car went up onto Helio’s car and continued airborne as it flew over the top of it in a scary crash. Both drivers walked away from the accident without injury.
“Going down to Turn 1, I had no brakes,” Kanaan said to ESPN. “Fortunately I ended up hitting Helio. If it wasn’t for him, I probably was going to be hurt, but unfortunately I took him out from a mechanical failure that we caused.”
BSI provides IndyCar with the only HD on-board camera system for open wheel racing cars in the world. Not even Formula One has HD on-boards. The 360 degree panning roll hoop camera is also unique to Broadcast Sports.
Headquartered in Hanover, MD, Broadcast Sports provides TV technology for entertainment events around the world. From IndyCar and NASCAR, to the Kentucky Derby, X-Games, World Series, and Super Bowl, BSI is always there with wireless High Definition (HD) and 3DHD cameras and wireless microphones putting fans in the middle of the action.