When the Daytona 500 was red flagged last night, the drivers were allowed to be out of their race cars to stretch their muscles and walk around. During the red flag, Brad Keselowski apparently had his cell phone with him. He took several pictures of whats going on between himself, and the other drivers. He would then post them to Twitter. By doing so, Kesoloweski collected over 55,000 followers and gained some publicity for them.
Fast-forward to today. Speculation has risen over Keselowski’s use of Twitter during the race. Some speculate that it violated NASCAR’s rules about having a recording device in the car. According to NASCAR’s Senior Vice President Steve O’Donnell via Twitter (In response to The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Utter), “It was fine”.
O’Donnell stated that it was under red-flag conditions so Keselowski did not violate NASCAR rules.
I agree with Mr. O’Donnell, I really don’t see how Keselowski violated the rules when he wasn’t even driving the car. They were stuck on the backstretch waiting for safety officials to clean up the mess in Turn 3. Besides that, it gave both NASCAR and Brad Keselowski alot of publicity because he gained alot of followers. So did the sport itself. I don’t necessarily know what I would have thought had this became an issue, but in light of this the sport gained the publicity and should be thankful for it.
To me, as long as this is not done while racing, I believe its fine. Good call by NASCAR.