This entry is one in a continuing series which discusses images from the IndyCar.com photo gallery. This entry reviews the story behind a photo taken at the Milwaukee Mile during the Milwaukee 225 on June 19, 2011.
Each race weekend, a small army of IndyCar staff descends upon the site of the IZOD IndyCar event. The IndyCar series has full-time year-round employees in most key positions, but come race weekend, there are a significant number of part-time employees who assist in all aspects of the weekend’s activities to help make sure the race runs smoothly.
The part-time employees occupy a number of important roles. The most visible of the primarily part-time crews is the Holmatro Safety Team. Most members of the team are full-time firemen or paramedics. The IndyCar Series wants to ensure that drivers and team members get the best possible attention when an incident occurs.
Some of the other areas with significant part-time help include timing and scoring, pit techs, observers, and even photographers. All of the part-time “Weekend Warriors” I have worked with are truly professionals who take their responsibilities seriously. I often see a strong camaraderie among members of the various support teams.
Many of the part-timers take time away from their primary job and their family to be involved in a sport for which they have a deep passion. You may be surprised by the diverse occupations of these part-time employees when they are away from the track. For example, one of the observers is a County Superior Court Judge, and one of the pit techs is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
During a typical race weekend, I try to shoot pictures of the various IndyCar personnel as they handle their duties. I know they are not working for the notoriety, but for many part-timers, the memories of their race weekends are more valuable than the compensation they receive, and sometimes the pictures we take help keep those good memories alive.
Here are a few more photos of some part-time employees at work at the Milwaukee 225.
Do you have any IndyCar “Weekend Warriors” stories to share?