Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Motorsports

Memorial Day is for recovering from the four marquee motorsports events of Sunday correct? In all seriousness I know that Memorial Day is to honor the Americans who lost their lives in the armed services.

Today while going through the gigabits of photos I have taken over that last couple of days a couple nice surprises came up.

Crawford in a shower of sparks.

Crawford in a shower of sparks.

I remember after this round of pit stops a lot of the cars were throwing a shower of sparks in turn three. I looked after taking these and knew I caught this one, but the one with the sparks enveloping the car was a surprise when I was looking through them.

Sparks envelope Crawford in turn three

Sparks envelope Crawford in turn three

While I was in victory circle I thought I had a nice spot to catch Alex when he got out of his ride. It turns out I did, it was so nice ABC’s camera walked in front of me as the car entered the victory circle and completely blocked my view. I tried to shoot over them, around them and even thru them.  I will vent about TV coverage another time.

I did get this shot of Alex giving Brian Herta a big genuine well deserved hug by shooting between their camera and their talking head.

Alexander Rossi with a big hug for Brian Herta.

Alexander Rossi with a big hug for Brian Herta.

Saturday was a nice evening at the Plymouth Speedway. Highlights for me?

Watching one of my heros, the I just love to race, Ken Schrader race his modified. Seeing the three local sprint cars fill the “podium.”  Zane, Garrett and Eric moving the podium celebration to Eric’s car. Watching a kid I saw race quarter midgets several times win the 600 main. Ending the night with an exciting Super Street main that had two and three wide racing almost every lap.

100th Running of the 500: Qualifying

IndyQual0005The month of May continues with qualifying happening over the weekend. Yet another qualifying format was used this year to set the 33 car field. Saturday the field was split into two groups, the top nine and the bottom 24. Sunday the final field was set with the top nine running for positions in the first three rows, the bottom 24 fill out the field.

With only a couple of practice sessions followed by single car four lap action on the track, photographers and press are given increased access to the track. Lots of photo opportunities makes it tough on a single photographer trying to cover different aspects of the event and this one bit me.

IndyQual0025

Not all the teams took advantage of the short practice sessions. Once qualifying started the teams that accepted their time was orchestrated thru a photo session by the track photographers. Nice opportunity to get some candid shots by not real action packed.

So I thought I was staying on top of the teams that had a shot at the Pole and also some teams that are single car, Indy only deals. But some how I overlooked James Hinchcliffe.

I got his car, his team but somehow I missed him. Combined with only being able to be there the one day, I don’t have a candid for the pole winner.

Open Wheel Weekend

Had a busy weekend covering a couple of open wheel events. First up was the Bob Newton classic at the Plymouth Speedway. This was the first time the World of Outlaw Sprints had run at Plymouth. Most of the laps run were under the old track record. The new track record stands at 11.526 sec which is about a 115mph avg.

USAC midgets were also on the race card. These are probably my favorite class to watch. They can consistently run several wide. Always close racing with this class. The rest of the show got rained out but I think the large crowd got their money’s worth.

Saturday it was a trip to IMS to cover the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. With three classes of open wheel support races and the Indy Car warm up and race, the track was busy all day. The road course is a nice venue with plenty of areas for fans to watch the racing.

Between the two I have several hundred photos to edit and post. Here is a quick gallery of some of the highlights that I posted on Facebook. I think I will start posting more galleries here and preview on Facebook.