NASCAR fans who don’t make the pilgrimage to Daytona 500 Live Stream the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway this weekend can still get a unique perspective of the racing action. Fox Sports has teamed up with NextVR to bring the 58th running of the Daytona 500 to Samsung (SSNLF, +7.14%) Gear VR users.
NextVR will have 360-degree cameras positioned at the starting line, in pit row, and in the garage. And Fox will livestream a directed broadcast of the race complete with graphics and commentary to guide virtual reality users around the track.
“We will give VR viewers a real sense of what it’s like to be present at the race, and with access they normally would never have,”says Brad Allen, executive chairman of NextVR. “It will be a separate but complementary experience to the Fox broadcast.”
Michael Davies, Fox Sports senior vice president of field and technical operations, says this first public broadcast won’t cover the race from the perspective of who’s winning like the television broadcast will.
“We’ll offer a glimpse of what it is like to be there, Daytona 500 Live Stream to be immersed in the excitement, and be a real companion to what we are doing on television,” Davies says. “I would say that the typical viewer will dip in and out of the experience while watching on television. As time goes on, we will get better in making these experiences even more complementary, but at this point we wanted to offer a slice of what is to come.”
Fox Sports and NextVR first tested live virtual reality broadcasts in 2015 at the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif. The coverage was not available to the public. Davies says that experience paved the way to this first public 360-degree broadcast.
“We learned that covering an entire race in virtual reality would be very difficult; however, there were some really compelling shots and experiences that were worthwhile that we thought we could rally around—the pits, the speed shots, and the kinds of views that a normal NASCAR fan would have seen before like this, and for the newly initiated NASCAR fans could show them just how exciting it is to be at a race in person,” Davies says.For more on professional sports and virtual reality, watch:
NASCAR has experienced declines in racing attendance for years. The organization stopped releasing attendance numbers in 2013. And the past few years have seen tens of thousands of seats removed from tracks in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Dover, Del., because fans stopped filling the stands. Virtual reality could help NASCAR find new fans.
“We think non-racing fans who experience the VR broadcast will want to go to a race in the future,” Allen says. “This should help grow the overall fan base.”
Despite declining attendance and ratings, NASCAR was able to generate a 10-year television deal worth $8.2 billion with Fox and NBC, which runs through 2024. And the Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of the NASCAR season. Last year’s Fox broadcast drew 13.4 million viewers, which was up 44% over 2014’s rain-delayed race.
“One of the things that is very difficult to convey on television, although I think we do a very good job of it, is what it is like to actually be trackside at a race,” Daytona 500 Live Davies says. “Most people who come to a track are a fan for life, but sometimes the kinds of sights and sounds you see and hear aren’t things that are readily available in linear television.”
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NextVR has spent the past year testing virtual reality livestreams across multiple sports, including the U.S. Open Golf Championship from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., last summer and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) matches in January.
The Daytona 500 is the start of a new five-year partnership offering fans live virtual reality coverage of the nation’s top sporting events that Fox Sports holds the broadcast rights for. Fox Sports currently has deals for college basketball and football, MLB, NASCAR, NFL, UFC, PBC, and USGA events, plus international soccer and FIFA World Cup.
“Our deal with Fox Sports, one of the biggest broadcasters in the sports world, is a tremendous opportunity to expand the live virtual reality events we can deliver,” Allen says. “When you consider the events they have broadcast rights to, it provides the ability to create experiences for fans they never had before.
Forget the groundhog, nothing says spring has arrived quite like the return of race season! NASCAR is finally back as the epic Daytona 500 is on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 12:00 noon EST, on Fox Sports for pre-race coverage. The green flag will wave to officially start the race at 1:30 p.m.
For Jeff Gordon, the 2015 Daytona 500 will probably be his last as the four-time NASCAR champ announced that 2015 will be his final full-time season, Earlier this year, the 43-year-old racing driver expressed that 2015 will be the last time he would compete for championship. NASCAR fans didn’t know whether Jeff Gordon was serious about his announcement until the No. 24 Chevy SS clinched pole position during Daytona qualifying, Now at least we know that he’s dead serious about the second half.
“As a race car driver, much of what I’ve done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions,” Jeff Gordon said. “I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the offseason, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship.”
Following the Daytona 500 qualifying event, Daytona 500 Live Stream 2017 the Thursday night Budweiser Duel determined the order of the rest of the grid. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won at Daytona last year, and Jimmie Johnson both won their battles to allow the Hendrick Motorsports team dominate with a perfect 1-2-3 start for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
“We’ve had a great car all week,” Earnhardt said. “I’m so glad to get through the duel in one piece because I know how good this car is. We’re going to have a fun day on Sunday.”
However, the Thursday event didn’t go nearly as well for Danica Patrick, who participated in the second race and needed to finish no lower than 15th in order to make the grid on Sunday. However, Denny Hamlin managed to strike her car for the second time in two days. After limping back to the pit for repairs, Patrick rejoined the race in 18th with only two laps left in the race. Somehow, with the help of teammate Kurt Busch, Danica Patrick managed to cross the finish in 10th.
“There’s a lot of stressing out. Obviously, for my team and everybody, but mostly for (sponsor) GoDaddy, it made me nervous, too,” she said. “This is the biggest race of the year and they need to be in it.”
Ultimately, the Daytona 500 lineup is as follows after the final Thursday qualifying. Car numbers are in parenthesis, followed by driver, manufacterer, and qualifying speed.
Daytona 500 lineup:
1. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 201.293 mph.
2. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 201.135.
3. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet.
4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200.187.
5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 193.241.
6. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 197.837.
7. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 197.968.
8. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 197.477.
9. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 194.995.
10. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 190.678.
11. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 197.994.
12. (21) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 193.282.
13. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 199.867.
14. (44) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 194.978.
15. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 193.133.
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16. (66) Mike Wallace, Toyota, 192.509.
17. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 193.299.
18. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 196.532.
19. (35) Cole Whitt, Ford, 194.012.
20. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 197.959.
21. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 198.325.
22. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 198.177.
23. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 195.3.
24. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 197.976.
25. (23) J.J. Yeley, Toyota.
26. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 195.346.
27. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 196.554.
28. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 194.452.
29. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 195.588.
30. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 196.962.
31. (33) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 197.507.
32. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 196.816.
33. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 197.2.
34. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 190.517.
35. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200.214.
36. (83) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 198.22.
37. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 197.256.
38. (9) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 197.243.
39. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 193.357.
40. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 198.212.
41. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 197.946.
42. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota.
43. (32) Bobby Labonte, Ford, Past Champion.
Failed to Qualify
44. (62) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 197.828.
45. (29) Justin Marks, Toyota, 194.675.
46. (30) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 190.791.
47. (26) Jeb Burton, Toyota, 195.004.
48. (7) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 198.229.
49. (98) Josh Wise, Ford, 193.386.
Finally, the complete Sunday schedule of live coverage for the Daytona 500 is as follows:
10:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Day, Fox Sports 1
Noon, NASCAR Race Day: Daytona, Fox Sports 1
1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500, Fox
1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500, Fox Deportes
5 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, Fox Sports 1
Be sure to watch the NASCAR 500 Live Stream on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 12:00 noon EST, on Fox Sports. Don’t have access to a TV? For race fans out there who will not be by a TV when the flag starts waving, be sure to catch the live stream online for free by signing up for Nascar RaceView here.[source]