Five Nascar drivers and their crews will use Microsoft's UltimateTV service in their pits during the 2001 racing season, the software giant said Monday. UltimateTV combines television-based e-mail, Web surfing, digital video recording and DirecTV satellite service. The five drivers, including defending Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip, will use digital video recording to constantly reassess strategy during races.
"Our crew chief has the ability to easily replay the line that his driver is running on the track in slow motion and determine if the driver needs to change the line or if they need to be given other valuable information," Waltrip said. A 3,500 square-foot UltimateTV demonstration area will travel to some Nascar events as well. It will feature two nine-passenger stock car simulators with a demonstration of UltimateTV.