Following an exciting previous weekend covering the Indianapolis 500, I was covering the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Bell Isle, is a park in-between Detroit and Windosr. I was really excited for the race, but the 90% chance of rain all weekend sucked the creativity right out of me. There is nothing worse than shooting in the rain. I would personally rather have it snow.
The Indianapolis 500 is known as the Great American Race, it’s held Memorial Day weekend along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Coca-Cola 600. Motorsports biggest weekend in the world! If you have never been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway you need to just once in your life. The history and the size of the track is something that television doesn’t do justice.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is so big that you can fit Churchill Downs, Rose Bowl, Roman Coliseum, White House, Liberty Island, Yankee Stadium, Taj Mahal, and Vatican City.
This is my 6th Indianapolis 500 and I got to work with another amazing crew to produce some beautiful images for USA Today Sports. My main priority was working features and the grid prior to the race and then shooting outside of turn 1 and in between turn 1 and 2.
The biggest crash of the race literally happened right in front of me, the cars crashed right in front of the safer barrier at my shooting position so I bailed out of the way. In my head I wanted to stay with it but with parts flying in the air, no thanks!
The 2014 Indianapolis 500 is my fifth time covering The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The history behind the Indianapolis Speedway is like no other track in the country. The first race at the track was in 1911 and this was the 98th running of the 500.
Be able to be one of the 250,000 spectators to be part of the race on Memorial Day Weekend is very special. Let’s get on with the photos.
My motorsports coverage continues in Toronto, Ontario for the Honda Indy Toronto. Instead of having one race over the weekend they had two race for double the points. Scott Dixon would take home the victory in booth races and Sebastien Bourdais dropped and broke his Ashley Waterford Crystal trophy in victory lane.
The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest spectacle in racing and is considered one of the three most prestigious motorsports events in the world. With 275,000 people in the track to watch the race the atmosphere is one of the best I experience year after year.
Following the Ohio at Penn State game on Saturday, it was time to get back in the car and drive from State College to Baltimore. This time it would only be a 170 mile drive which is a walk in the park for someone who drives as much as I do. After covering three football games in three days in two different states, I was looking for a little bit of a change! I would be shooting the IndyCar race through the streets of downtown Baltimore Sunday!
IndyCar is my third favorite sport to shoot behind football and drag racing, the access is awesome and all of the drivers are super cool! The cars would be racing through the streets of downtown Baltimore. Anytime a race is in an area that has very well known landmarks it’s important to include those in your pictures!