It's pretty obvious that because NASCAR makes a zillion dollars they can get their races shown in High Definition broadcasts on Fox or NBC or whoever. And while the ICS is lagging behind in terms of national interest, when things like Competitive Eating show up on ESPN in HD it's hard to understand why the network can't get some cameras out to the IndyCar races to make those fast and shiny cars look that much better.
If nothing else, they should be able to do this at Indy, right? That's what Trackside Online thinks, and in covering this weekend's refresher course at The Brickyard for rookies (and might-as-well-be rookies) they started asking around. The conclusion was:
We were unable to get any confirmation on this year's Indy 500 being in HD, but we also weren't able to disprove the initial information we got. So, for now, file it as a rumor we feel pretty good about.Come on, ABC/ESPN. You got three women in the race, you got drivers with names like "Andretti" and "Foyt" and "Unser", and you will no doubt be marketing the whole extravaganza as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". Please don't leave it as The Lowest Resolution in Racing.
Or are you waiting for Kobayashi to get a ride?
UPDATE: Woo-hoo! On Tuesday the IndyStar revealed that HD at Indy is green-green-green!
The change required a significant financial investment, perhaps as much as twice that of the standard equipment. Fifty-three cameras will be utilized.