The week leading up to the 500 can be filled with seemingly silent days compared with the numerous practice days before qualification. I savor my quiet time at the speedway, whether it is walking to my car in turn three after a busy day, or before an early morning photo shoot of the front row, when this photo was taken. It is a time when you can truly feel the history, by taking time to see beyond the drivers, fans, and cars. Ron McQueeney always encourages us to take a look at alternate perspectives. With so many talented individuals on the IMS photo staff, there is no need for five of us to shoot the same thing. So, early on that bump day morning I journeyed down into turn one and created this shot of the finally grooved track surface with a lightly blurred pagoda breaking through the background. I could have never anticipated that the speedway would become one of my favorites for shooting landscapes….
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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.
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.
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!
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 info: f/4 at 1/1000 with 50 mm. lensbaby
All roads truly do lead to Indianapolis this month as the young talent from two of the three Indy Racing League “Road to Indy” ladder series’ (USF2000 and Star Mazda) will compete at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind. on Saturday, May 29th as part of the famed “Night Before the 500.”
As a tune up, USF2000 and Star Mazda held an open test at ORP last week for their teams and drivers to get acquainted with the challenging oval. Unofficially, Star Mazda driver Conor Daly set a track record – shattering the times of any series that has competed there (USAC, Nationwide Series, etc.) before them. Side by side racing was the norm over the course of the two days and this was only a test! I can’t wait to see what they can do when there are championship points and a trophy on the line. Oh wait, and not to mention the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights team owners and drivers that will surely be in attendance….no pressure guys!
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:
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.
After being delayed for two hours, I’m finally on a plane and my feet are so fahfahfahffffrigid that I can barely concentrate on my delicious frozen peanuts. A lady just walked past me wearing a face mask, the flight attendant busted my knee with the drink cart, and the guy next to me is surely Kenny Tarmac’s brother.
Why am I telling you this? Because travel tortures make me yearn for home (which is Indy) and makes me want to de-stress with a little socializing on Mass Ave. Again, why the heck am I telling you this? Because YOU need to come to Indy and YOU need to party! We’ve got a great little promo on our fabu little web site, RacetotheParty.com.
Not only can you watch our zingy new commercials, but you can register to win a fantastic trip to the Indy 500. Complete with suite tickets, pit passes and hotel accommodations, you know this weekend would be more appealing that baked beans and deviled eggs at your neighbor’s Memorial Day cookout.
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.