The 2015 NASCAR season sped off to an exciting start for racing fans with Joey Logano winning the Daytona 500. NASCAR does a great job of giving their fans an enjoyable option for following the action on an iPad for a reasonable price thanks to the NASCAR Mobile app and the NASCAR RaceView app. We’ll share strategies for keeping up with NASCAR this season on an Apple iPad using these apps or other options.
None of these options will let the user watch the action live for free. We’ll take a look at the three best options for enjoying the NASCAR races: the NASCAR Mobile app, the NASCAR RaceView app and our standby for watching live sporting events, a Slingbox.
The best option comes in the form of the NASCAR Mobile app. It’s free to download and users can keep up with all the races during the Sprint Cup Series season using the app. Users will get things like news about their favorite driver, season standings, a leader board during the race, video highlights, social media feeds related to the sport and race schedules.
The app adds live video feeds during the Sprint Cup races for a subscription fee of $24.95 for the 2015 season. Compared to other sports, that’s cheap.
Even if a fan can watch the race on their TV, the in-car video of their favorite driver makes the app a great second screen experience. People who can’t sit in front of a TV and want to enjoy the race can use the app and subscription to watch every Sprint Cup race of the season. The app also supports AirPlay, so the user can throw the video or audio feed to an Apple TV.
For some reason NASCAR doesn’t include the Truck series or the XFINITY series video. At this price, that’s not that surprising, but this will disappoint hardcore NASCAR fans.
People who own an iPad or iPhone that operates on Sprint’s network will get some exclusive features, like free in-race video highlights. They also don’t have to pay the $24.95 for the NASCAR premium features like the onboard cameras, broadcast video feeds, driver audio or any of the other features.
NASCAR Mobile doesn’t just offer video. Some people can’t sit in front of their TV or watch on an iPad, but they can listen. The app offers a few audio options. Listen to a driver’s live audio during the race. Hear all of their conversations about strategy, what drivers say when they get angry at someone for spinning them out or the calls of their spotters. It adds a lot to the race for the hard-core NASCAR fan, especially during heated moments and during pit stops.
The app doesn’t offer video for the XFINITY series, but we do get audio. There’s also an option to listen to the two NASCAR radio feeds from MRN or PRN networks and NASCAR officials radio feed. Imagine if the NFL put a mic on the refs and turned it on during those conversations they had before making a penalty call. NASCAR lets fans hear those conversations. Listen in when a driver’s about to get penalized for speeding on pit row or for sending their pit crow over the wall too soon.
One part of the app shows the car numbers moving around the track with options to show only the top ten drivers in the race, just one driver or all the cars. It’s not as much fun as watching the video, but takes up less bandwidth. That saves data for people who don’t want to eat up all of their cap when there’s no Wi-Fi available and gives them something to see while listening to the audio.
If someone doesn’t want to pay the full $24.99 for the season, but does want to try out the premium features for a few races, get the monthly subscription which only costs $3.99. This auto-renews so the user will need to cancel if they don’t want to pay for a second month. To cancel, open the iTunes app on an iPad. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on the Apple ID. Then choose View Apple ID. Under Subscriptions, tap on Manage. Find the NASCAR entry in the list of subscriptions and tap it. Cancel the subscription on that screen.
The more expensive option is NASCAR RaceView. The app is free to download for the iPad, but annual subscription costs $39.99 or $4.99 monthly.
The NASCAR fan will get more and less at the same time. In addition to following NASCAR races there’s something called Time Trial, which lets the user play a game where they face off against the pole winner for last year’s running of the next race on the schedule. It’s fun to play.
Other free features this year include:
- Driver pages
- Track info with a guided tour
- Top 10 driver pages
- Free 3 minute demo of the app during the race
Sprint subscribers can enjoy the premium features for free. These include the 3D virtual race view, radio broadcasts from MRN and PRN as well as driver audio.
While the app offers features the NASCAR Mobile app doesn’t, it omits one important feature. The app doesn’t actually show video. Instead we get a 3D virtual view of the track during the race with multiple camera angles. It follows one car of the user’s choice.
Only Sprint customers should even consider using the NASCAR RaceView app over the NASCAR Mobile app mentioned above since they get the premium features free. It’s more expensive than the NASCAR Mobile app we showed you above and you can’t even watch live video of the race.
NBC Sports Live Extra
This year NASCAR moves from ESPN to NBC during the second half of the season. It’s not certain that users can watch the races live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, so check back in the summer to see.
Slingbox and SlingPlayer
The last option comes from our standby for live sporting events, the Slingbox. A Slingbox hooks up to a TV and home Internet connection and streams whatever the person’s home television service shows on their TV. For example, it’s hooked up to my DirecTV receiver box and my TV and home network. The video passes through Slingbox to my TV and also streams the video signal over the Internet to the SlingPlayer iPad app ($14.99). Users can use either a wired network connection or Wi-Fi, but it works better on a wired network connection.
Download the SlingPlayer app on an iPad and sign into an account. Once the user sets up their Slingbox, the person can watch and control the home satellite or cable TV box. If you can watch NASCAR on your TV, then you can watch it on the Slingbox and SlingPlayer app.
The user will need to pay for the app, the box and their TV service subscription. Boxes range in price from under $100 for the older 350 model up to $300 for the one with the most features. That makes this the most expensive option, even if you subtract the cost of the TV service since you’re going to pay for that anyway.