NASCAR fans around the world are always discussing the “big one”, usually in reference to the inevitable accident that seems all too common at every NASCAR event.
However, this “big one” was not what fans had in mind. During the annual Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a cable used for the track-hovering “skycam” snapped injuring a total of ten spectators. All ten were taken to local hospitals for evaluation before being released. Luckily for those involved, there were no serious injuries.
The cable brought the race under a 15 minute red flag period, where drivers and teams were able to assess the damage to their cars caused by the failed cable. Kyle Busch, who was leading the race at the time, was the first to run over the cable which destroyed the front right wheel well of his car.
According to Fox Sports, who was in operation of the camera at the time of the failure, the camera will be put on indefinite suspension and will not be used at future events until a cause of failure can be determined.