A Second Glance at May

Posted on: June 3, 2011 | Comments(8) | Indy 500 | By: Cassie

This May was my second with IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I am an intern for the media department where we handle Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and blog posts. I spent a lot of the month captioning the many photos that are taken each day. I decided to choose some of my favorites from the month and pay a personal tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500.

Dan Wheldon takes the win

The only thing this photo is missing are the dropped jaws, the wide eyes and the shocked gasps coming from the crowd at the end of this year’s Indy 500 when rookie J.R. Hildebrand crashed while leading the final lap. The photo definitely depicts the controversy that came from the ending. The checkered and yellow flag are out as Dan Wheldon crosses the finish line, but Dan played fair and successfully grabbed his second Indy 500 title. Definitely a twist of fate that made for a memorable ending to a historical race.

Simona De Silvestro signs an autograph

How could I not choose a picture of Simona de Silvestro? Tough is the only word you can use to describe her. There is no way you could have watched the horrifying wreck she was involved in, watch her successfully qualify, and watch her finish the race and not have the most respect in the world for her. I’m not sure we even heard a complaint come from her lips. Being sure not to let down her fans, she continued to sign autographs throughout the rest of the month. Simona, you’re my girl!

Sam Schmidt and Alex Tagliani

There is no way to look at the picture above and not feel the emotion Sam Schmidt and Alex Tagliani must have experienced in this moment. After Tagliani grabbed the pole, he couldn’t thank Schmidt enough. You have to love and respect Sam Schmidt for all he’s overcome, and congratulate him because this was his first Indy 500 pole. It was great to see their effort and teamwork pay off.

Dario shakes the hand of Roger Penske

Any picture that includes a member of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske is a great one to me. It’s so easy to create the thought that there is a rivalry there, but this picture goes to show that isn’t quite the case. If you ask me, every IndyCar fan is either a Ganassi fan or a Penske fan. You can’t like both, but you can probably hate both out of jealousy for the numerous success stories both teams have. Dario shaking Roger Penske’s hand in this picture shows the camaraderie that exists between Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. One of my all time favorites for sure!

A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Mario Andretti

I chose this picture and put it last in order for a reason. This year was the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. This picture includes IndyCar legends and embodies the whole history of the race and the series. A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Mario Andretti, and Johnny Rutherford – all legends of the Indy 500 and the IndyCar sport. This picture is everything that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wanted to accomplish during the 100th anniversary – a celebration of the history of those who have made the Indy 500 the “greatest spectacle in racing” and kept it there for 100 years and counting.

To see more pictures from May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway check out IndyCar Flickr.


There are 8 comments for this post.

  1. guest on June 3, 2011 10:59 am

    Love the picture of AJ, Rick & Mario, but they do look like they could be plotting something. :)

  2. Tim on June 3, 2011 4:01 pm

    Great pictures! This was the first Indy 500 I attending in person and it was incredible! It was a true “moment” for me when stepping into the Speedway for the first time. You CAN like both Penske and Ganassi – I know I do! Great teams and all great drivers. I am glad to see that the other teams are now giving them a run for their money though. Next week they’re all coming to my neck of the woods (DFW)!

  3. Brad C. on June 3, 2011 4:17 pm
    Brad C.

    What Mario is saying to Foyt and Mears in the picture above: “Hey guys, let’s kick these punks off the track and get out there and show them how real men race!”

  4. Steve on June 3, 2011 5:46 pm

    When I was a boy my dad took me to Indy in ‘64 & ‘67. Both years AJ won. Me being from the Houston area AJ became ‘my guy’. I’ve seen every race since either in person, on CCTV before they aired publicly and now on TV. I love it. I still have the Paddock Boxes Only pass from 1964.

  5. David Williams on June 5, 2011 11:09 pm
    David Williams

    I agree that you can like both Ganassi and Penske at the same time. At least, I do. There’s no one in racing I respect more than Roger Penske, but Dario is my favorite male driver, to make an important distinction. (One guess as to who my favorite female driver is.) I would say that I perceive both Dario and Dixon as men with a certain class not always evident in the racing world. It’s no accident that Jim Clark is (was) Dario’s hero. Jim Clark was a man with dignity, intelligence, gravitas — also, don’t forget, one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. I like all of them, and have admiration for the profession they’ve chosen and the way they pursue it.

  6. Tim on June 6, 2011 6:40 am

    Great pic, and ironically isn’t that Dan Wheldon center in the background with the sunglasses?

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