This entry is one in a continuing series which typically discusses images from the IndyCar.com photo gallery. This entry reviews the story behind a photo taken at the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway on June 11, 2011.
Different drivers celebrate a victory in the IZOD IndyCar series in different ways. We all know that Helio Castroneves is famous for his fence climbing when he wins an IndyCar race. Coming into the season, I was not aware of his teammate Will Power having any special “trademark” victory celebration rituals.
After Will Power won his first race of the season at Barber Motorsports Park, he exited his car in victory lane and stood on the side-pod to celebrate. He then jumped off the side of the car and kicked his legs back. Paul Webb, a photographer from LAT Photo, captured Power from a low angle with a wide-angle lens that made it look like Power had leapt to great heights. Paul Webb’s image was featured on IndyCar.com and many other websites and publications.
When Power won at Sao Paulo, we were all hoping he would repeat his leap. He didn’t disappoint us. If you look at the leap on video, he didn’t jump that high, but with a low angle and kicked back legs, it makes his jump appear higher than it actually is.
When Power won the second Firestone Twin 275 race at Texas Motor Speedway, we all knew what to expect. When he rolled into Victory Lane he delivered his soon to be trademark leap from the side-pod. I couldn’t get a real low angle for the shot, but I think this image captures his leap in his first IndyCar oval track win.
What would you do to celebrate if you won an IZOD IndyCar race?