With more than 80 hours of programming from Daytona Speedweeks, FOX Sports constructs a high-energy, two-week opening to the 2014 NASCAR racing season into a distinctive crescendo of unbridled horsepower, culminating in live coverage of the 56th running of the DAYTONA 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 PM ET.
“Nothing in motor sports is more important than the DAYTONA 500,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President and COO. “This year is bigger and better than ever, and we can’t wait to hear the roar of the engines as Speedweeks kicks off the best two weeks in racing.”
For the 14th consecutive season, NASCAR Hall-of-Fame driver, and Emmy-nominated broadcaster Darrell Waltrip teams with host Mike Joy and analyst Larry McReynolds to call the race for FOX. Emmy Award-winner Chris Myers and two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Michael Waltrip report from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling pre-race studio, while former crew chief Jeff Hammond works the garage area and Krista Voda, Steve Byrnes and Matt Yocum keep fans updated from pit road.
“From a TV perspective, we have more thought-provoking storylines at our disposal this year than ever before,” Darrell Waltrip said. “Take the changing of the guard, for instance. All these talented rookies are coming up to challenge the veterans, so that will be interesting to follow throughout the year. It reminds me a bit of the Super Bowl. Young Russell Wilson went up against veteran Peyton Manning and Wilson’s team dominated. Can the rookies coming up this year capitalize, too? Folks are energized and fans are excited about what’s ahead this season, and we at FOX certainly have a lot to talk about.”
Using nearly 60 cameras to cover the DAYTONA 500, including two “super slow motion” cameras, an infrared camera, a pair of “X-MOs” – ultra-slow-motion Phantom camera systems — and the FOX Super Zoom 4K camera, as well as more than 150 microphones placed around the track, FOX Sports delivers an experience like no other.
And, for the first time ever, FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, is set to offer live, streaming coverage of the DAYTONA 500. FOX Sports GO features two separate live streams, the customary FOX Sports broadcast in English and the FOX Deportes telecast, which returns to Daytona for the second consecutive year, in Spanish. In addition, all Daytona Speedweeks programming airing on FOX Sports 1 is available thru FOX Sports GO. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the DAYTONA 500 through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.