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Gen-6 Cars Disappoint At Daytona 500 As Drivers Find Passing Difficult
Published February 25, 2013
CELL TRAFFIC: In Charlotte, Jim Utter wrote NASCAR has "for the first time" allowed cell carriers other than Sprint "to boost their respective signals at race tracks as long as they did not engage in any marketing.” Sprint’s sponsorship of the Sprint Cup Series “allowed it be the only carrier to boost its signal at the track,” but “that has now changed.” NASCAR Senior VP & CMO Steve Phelps said, “Sprint understands our desire to enhance the at-track connectivity for all our fans.” Utter noted all NASCAR tracks “will now be able to offer Wi-Fi to all fans in attendance and can offer other cell carriers the option to provide the necessary equipment to boost their signal on property” (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 2/23).
FRIENDLY CHAT: USA TODAY’s Nate Ryan reported NASCAR execs on Friday met with driver Brad Keselowski after he "outlined the challenges facing the sport in a USA TODAY Sports cover story" published that morning. NASCAR VP & Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes said that Keselowski "wasn't penalized nor faced further punishment." He added that the meeting "wasn't directly a result of the USA TODAY Sports story, but it was discussed." The Penske Racing driver "met separately for 30 minutes" with NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France and ISC Vice Chair & CEO Lesa France Kennedy (USATODAY.com, 2/23). In Jacksonville, Don Coble noted Keselowski used his Twitter account “to play down his meeting with two of the most powerful people in NASCAR.” Keselowski wrote, “Spent some time with Lesa and Brian from the NASCAR team after yesterday’s article, the passion we all share for our sport is amazing!” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 2/24).