NASCAR always has been a sport that has led to innovation and in that spirit, ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Dave Burns has developed an innovative way to use an iPad.
In the noise, heat and craziness of pit road during a NASCAR race, Burns is the guy in an ESPN firesuit with a microphone in one hand and his iPad in the other.
“Does it make me a better reporter? I would say no, but that’s not its purpose,” said Burns, who joined ESPN in 2007.
“Its purpose is to make me more efficient with the volumes of information that I have to have, and also with the notetaking that happens during the course of a race,” he said. “It keeps me more organized, and it has paid big dividends.”
Burns started customizing his iPad prior to the start of the 2011 NASCAR season. That included finding suitable apps for notetaking and reading NASCAR’s statistics and making sure he’d be able to read the screen while outside during full daylight. continue reading…