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.

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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.