This entry is one in a continuing series which typically discusses images from the IndyCar.com photo gallery. This entry reviews the story behind a photo taken at the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle on May 1, 2011.
Each race weekend we shoot over 1,000 images. Only a small portion of our photos are featured in the Photo Galleries at IndyCar.com or on the IndyCar Flickr site. In addition to the photos at those sites, we also load some photos to a Media only site each day. From the Media Site, authorized media and team personnel can download high-resolution images for editorial use. Although the picture above was not in the IndyCar.com gallery or on the IndyCar Flickr site, you may have seen it on J.R. Hildebrand’s Facebook page or some other media web-sites.
During pre-race activities, the drivers rode in the back of pick-up trucks for a lap to greet the fans. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to jump in the back of the truck with Tony Kanaan and J.R. Hildebrand. It was amazing to see (and hear) the reaction Tony received from his home-country fans in Brazil. As we would round a corner and the crowd could see Tony, the cheers started building. Even the corner workers, concession stand workers and ambulance drivers were cheering for Tony. I could tell that Tony truly appreciated the cheers from his fans. It was unfortunate that he, and the other Brazilian drivers, encountered problems during the race.
I have to admit that this shot is slightly staged. For most of the lap, the Tony and J.R. were facing forward, which limited the photo opportunities. When we hit the long back-stretch where there are no stands, I asked the drivers to turn towards me and act like they were waving to the fans. That is when I captured this image. Shortly after this photo was taken, the rain started coming down, and all three of us got totally drenched in the back of the truck. Thank you Tony and J.R. for allowing me to the share the pre-race lap with you.