The Flickr blog series continues again this week, this time revealing our most viewed images from 2010. Unlike last week where I wrote about Interestingness, the ‘most viewed’ statistic is easy to understand, simple to measure. It’s what our online community looked at the most.
So let’s start randomly – our 99th most viewed image so far this year?
We last left you at the Milwaukee Mile with four races left in our season. Those last four races tightened up our championship, yielded two first time winners, and displayed continued dominance by one of our new drivers.
Richmond was a hard fought battle by all of our drivers but overall showcased Yang Ou’s true dominance. Yang is a driver who was well known and successful in IndyCar leagues on rFactor (another Race-Sim) and has continued to show his winning ways since his move to iRacing. Yang won the race by 3 seconds and led every lap. Ryan Murray continued to show his ability on ovals is increasing with a strong second place finish. Tim Doyle, Kyle Krisiloff, and Bryan Heitkotter rounded out the Top 5.
Last week I wrote about Flickr in 2010 and mentioned that Flickr measures the popularity of images in a number of ways. One of these is called ‘Interesting’ and it’s a tough one to figure out because it’s not defined – it’s kind of a secret. When it comes down to it, it ranks our images based on how interesting they are – which is confusingly fascinating. This blog post kind of helped explain it. Kind of. Here’s what we have for you.
Our 99th most interesting image on Flickr
Regardless of the confusion here, I’m sharing some of our most ‘Interesting’ images with you.
You may have noticed we utilized Flickr this season. We used it as a way of reaching a new community and to bring a new perspective to our sport, through imagery. We featured all of the races from the 2010 season, a few Race to the Party’s, the 2012 announcement, the 2012 fan-designed chassis, and much, much more.
Image #1 on Flickr - Ana Beatriz
To date, we’ve uploaded 2,876 images – in one season – with over a million views from fans.
Flickr measures the popularity of images in four ways – Interesting, Views, Favorites and Comments. More on that later.
For this post, I wanted to look back on share some of my favorite images from Flickr in 2010 and reveal some of the amazing shots our photographers captured. In the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing the most popular images, according to Flickr. Sit tight.
What do you do in the off-season? Do you watch re-runs of all the 2010 races? Start planning for the 2011 season? Work on your Fantasy Racing team? We want to know.
The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Champions
It’s only been a few days since Dario Franchitti won the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship…but I’ve already noticed some interesting online withdrawal. @IndyCarNation follower @NDcarTwit tweeted: “Think everyone should take a month off, and then let’s go again! Can’t wait till next Spring for more IndyCar racing!”
On our Facebook page, Wendy Gilbert wrote, “I’m in withdrawal already. Can’t wait until March 27th!” And another Facebook IndyCar fan – Leoth Wade, said” I’m ready now for the 2011 Indy 500. I can’t wait for it. Thanks to IZOD for making 2010 a great season.”
Graham Rahal was involved in two separate sets of long drives on race day in South Florida.
First, he joined LPGA Tour rookie Beatriz Recari at Keys Gate Golf Club – a strong 3-wood from Homestead-Miami Speedway – for a session on the driving range. A few hours later, Recari was Rahal’s guest at the speedway, where he introduced her to Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti for a ride in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater.
Rahal, who enjoys a round of golf when his schedule allows, was impressed with Recari’s accuracy off the tee. The native of Spain has three top-10 finishes in her initial tour season.
“Where a lot of other kids were going to ballgames with their dads, I was going to Indy car races,” he says. “I went to Indy a number of times, went to the Detroit Grand Prix a number of times and have been all over the place following the IndyCar Series. It was really my first love.
“When I was 8 or 9, that’s what I dreamed of doing when I grew up. It just so happened that I was able to get involved in the company that promotes IndyCar races.”
A vinyl-wrapped surf board displaying the colors of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car leaned against a railing behind Will Power as the IZOD IndyCar Series championship contender participated in a satellite media tour Sept. 28 at the swank W Hotel on South Beach in Miami.
“The first thing I thought of when I saw that was to take it out for a spin,” the Australia native said, “and with the weather the way it is they even have some surf on South Beach.”
Prior to this trip everyone kept mentioning how friendly the fans were in Japan. I believed them – I’ve already seen that at the previous IndyCar races this season. Our fans are passionate, committed and of course, very nice. Motegi is a different experience. For one, it’s a different culture, language, continent and time zone. It’s also the adopted home track for Hideki Mutoh and Takuma Sato – not to mention Roger Yasukawa – and these fans really love these drivers.
The line of automobiles stretched down the winding road with their inhabitants waiting patiently (this is Japan after all) for the Twin Ring Motegi gates to open promptly at 8 a.m., signaling the start of Friendship Day.