Building on a single-camera effort at last year’s Phoenix preseason test, INDYCAR and the IndyCar Radio Network are expanding streaming coverage of this weekend’s on-track action at ISM Raceway.
Over the course of two days (Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10), teams will be on-track for four separate testing sessions that will each be streamed live on IndyCar.com. For those looking to add live timing and scoring to their experience, visit racecontrol.indycar.com for updated lap times shown along with the audio and video stream available.
The two daily sessions, to be run from 3-6 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. Eastern, will feature two new camera locations for the 2018 Prix View test that fans will enjoy over last year’s set-up. In 2017, a single camera was mounted to the top of the commentator’s booth on the front stretch with limited clarity.
For this weekend’s test, the stationary camera has been relocated to the top of turn 1 at ISM Raceway for more exciting streaming angles, and a camera has been added to the pit lane in order to mix up coverage shots.
On the grounds in Arizona, the sanctioning body has assembled various members of the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network to supplement the video feed. Mark Jaynes, the radio network’s lead anchor, will be joined by fellow IndyCar Radio Network reporters Dave Furst, Katie Hargitt and Jake Query. The crew will call the day’s action while providing the latest news and interviews from pit lane.
INDYCAR is looking to seize another prime streaming opportunity after the overwhelmingly positive response they received from live streaming in 2017. The semi-formal production from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Formula One star Fernando Alonso’s first IndyCar test produced ludicrous viewership numbers, while last year’s Prix View also generated interest.
Per IndyCar.com, last year’s February test in the desert pumped out over 57,000 live or same-day views of the event. With approximately 12 hours of live streaming over two days of action, the sanctioning body calculated that nearly 862,000 minutes of live action were consumed by INDYCAR fans across the globe.
Open-Wheels will have contributor Spencer Neff on the grounds to offer streaming coverage of his own on our Facebook page, as well as end-of-day reports from ISM Raceway.