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Girl Power

Posted on: May 20, 2010 | Comments(7) | Drivers, Indy 500 | By: Emily

Girl power is the name of the game, or in this case the race.

There are a record five female drivers entered in the Indianapolis 500, and a handful of women work behind the scenes for teams and manufacturers in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Anna Chatten, a gearbox technician for KV Racing Technology, is one with occasionally greasy hands.

Working on the gearbox

Anna Chatten at work


I just haven’t been able to put down my new lensbaby! I love playing with the sweetspot that is created by the lens. It’s a great tool to help guide viewers through your compositions. I am often taken by the peeled back eyelids and look of concentration so many drivers exhibit when stepping from their cars. Luckily, I got the focus right here to capture that.

Walking through pit lane

Danica walking through pit lane

Photo info: f/4 at1/640 with a 50mm. lensbaby.

For me, one of the most beautiful cars on the grid is Ryan Hunter Reay’s. The paint scheme is so dynamic. When creating this image I wanted that energy to come through. A simple tilt of the camera seemed to do the trick!

The IZOD car

A good looking car

Photo info: f/4 at1/640 with a 50mm. lensbaby.

Rookie: Defined as an untrained or inexperienced recruit.

However, Simona has already shown that she belongs here. Moments before her first laps at IMS, I ran across Simona as she suited up as one of five women in this year’s 500 field. The moment reminded me of my “rookie” season as an IMS photographer just four short four years ago. The nerves, wonderment, and the challenge. It was also a “rookie day” for me with my new lensbaby lens!

Photo of the day (Simona De Silvestro)

Photo info: f/4 at 1/1000 with 50 mm. lensbaby

More May memories

Posted on: May 15, 2010 | Comments (1) | Indy 500 | By: Dave

Bill Steinmaker has attended Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “you don’t want to know how many years.”

“I’ve missed quite a few Mother’s Day lunches,” he says.

Gasoline Alley

The famous Gasoline Alley


May traditions…

Posted on: May 11, 2010 | Comments(33) | Indy 500 | By: Dave

Naturally, after almost a century, there are numerous Month of May traditions – instituted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, implemented by clubs and groups and those personal remembrances that make the Indianapolis 500 so endearing and enduring. Indy Racing League vice president of public relations Steve Shunck talks about his yearly treasure hunt:

Some treasures from The Mail Room

Some treasures from The Mail Room

It’s hard to know where to begin. There’s “Back Home Again in Indiana” sung by Jim Nabors, the Gordon Pipers, Pole Day, Bump Day, Carb Day, the “500” Festival Parade, Front Row Parties, Last Row Parties, seeing old friends, getting Long’s Donuts before the sun rises, dinner with pals at Mo’s Steakhouse or just sitting in a favorite section or seat during practice or qualifying.

But I know my month of May officially begins when I do one thing – make my annual trip to The Mail Room, which sells “500” racing collectables at 5230 West 16th St. (the corner of 16th and Lynhurst).   My annual pilgrimage there waves the green flag on all other activities for the month.


What better way to kick off past Indianapolis 500 broadcasts on ESPN Classic than one of the most talked-about races in the history of the event – the 1985 “spin and win” by Danny Sullivan.

The race, to be broadcast at 3 p.m. (ET) May 3, is among the dozen to air on the network in May – all leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on the 30th. A marathon – tailor-made for your DVR – showing is scheduled for May 29.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway