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ABC Coverage of the 1993 Indy 500

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  • ABC Coverage of the 1993 Indy 500

    The camera angles were so weird.. No turn 2 & turn 4 cameras.. They were replaced with cameras in the short chutes.. Not the best angles
    "Paff has been closer to the mark than anyone will give him credit for."

    Richard Kimble 11/18/2010

    "Paff is far more right than any of you will EVER give him credit for.

    As non politically correct and un IndyCar friendly as it is, it's the truth. "

    SeeuInMay 12/29/2010

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    Here's basically what happened.

    Over the summer of 1992 (after the June NASCAR 'tire test'), IMS replaced the outside retaining wall and catch fencing. Of course, it was all in preparation for the Brickyard 400 (which had not been announced yet, but everyone knew it was coming).

    I guess when ABC showed up in the spring, they realized that the new catch fencing was quite a bit higher and more dense than the old one. The existing camera platforms on the outside grandstands were not high enough, and they felt the fence was obstructing the camera shots. They decided to construct two scaffolding "towers"...one in the south chute, one in the north chute...to achieve unobstructed views of the turns. I have picture of one tower somewhere. That was their workaround for 1993. Hence the "weird" inside shots.

    The following year, I believe they had constructed new camera platforms on the outside grandstands. Platforms that were both higher and slightly shifted, to provide unobstructed views of the track (high enough to see over the catchfences). This is evident in the 1994 broadcasts of both the 500 and 400...whereby they had a brand new camera location in turn three. They now had a shot looking straight down up backstretch (just like the shot they have looking straight up the mainstretch). Prior to 1993, backstretch shot were always at slight angle because of the location of the camera platform.

    Note there were other years where they utilized an infield "tower" in turn three. 1989 comes to mind.


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