27
May
Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrates in winners circle after winning finally winning the Indianapolis 500.

Ask anyone who knows me what my favorite event of the year to shoot is and they will quickly say the Indianapolis 500. I feel fortunate to have covered some of the biggest sporting events around the world yet the 500 holds a special place in my heart above all others. Lets get right to the photos from my seventh career Indy 500!

As with every year, on the morning of the 500 I wake up at 6am, out the door by 7.

I am a total morning person, other people? Not so much…

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority A man sits passed out on the sidewalk along Georgetown Road as IndyCar fans walk to the track prior to the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
A man sits passed out on the sidewalk along Georgetown Road as IndyCar fans walk to the track prior to the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Once at the track set up its all about just walking around and looking for images to shoot as you wait for the race time to draw closer.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority The coolest trophy in sports, the Borg-Warner Trophy awarded to the IndyCar driver who wins the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
The coolest trophy in sports, the Borg-Warner Trophy awarded to the IndyCar driver who wins the Indianapolis 500.

Pre race time!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan (left) embraces Helio Castroneves prior to heading to their cars to strap in for the race.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan (left) embraces Helio Castroneves prior to heading to their cars to strap in for the race.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual Three time Indy 500 winner, Dario Franchitti smiles prior to climbing into his car.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual
Three time Indy 500 winner, Dario Franchitti smiles prior to climbing into his car.

After the drivers start climbing into their cars its a brisk half mile walk to my shooting position on the inside of turn one.

Its a spot that is terrible for photos unless there is an incident. Working for a wire service means its imperative that our crew of 7 photographers are strategically placed around the 2.5 mile speedway to ensure that if something happens one of us gets it.

My one incident of this years race would occur just minutes into the race.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual It only took four laps for some action to occur in my spot in turn one as IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand spins as James Hinchcliffe goes low.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
It only took four laps for some action to occur in my spot in turn one as IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand spins as James Hinchcliffe goes low.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual J.R. Hildebrand slaps the turn one wall.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
J.R. Hildebrand slaps the turn one wall.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual Hildebrand would be unhurt in the accident.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
Hildebrand would be unhurt in the accident.

That would be the end of the action for turn one. While the race doubled the most lead changes in the 97 year history of the race, sadly the only people who saw any of those passes had to have a view of the front straight. I did not so all I have are a bunch of lame side shots of cars racing in single file.

With that in mind Lets fast forward to the end.

With 15 laps to go I would leave my position in turn one to walk to the finish line to get in position for the end of the race and the winner circle festivities.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Manual IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan (left) takes the checkered flag under caution ahead of Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Manual
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan (left) takes the checkered flag under caution ahead of Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Prior to the race, if I could have picked the one person who I wanted to win the race I would have chosen Kanaan. It was very cool to see him finally break through.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrates in winners circle after winning finally winning the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrates in winners circle after winning finally winning the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual Kanaan kisses new wife wife Lauren.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
Kanaan kisses new wife wife Lauren.

Time for everyones favorite shot… and most important photo (editorially speaking), the Milk drink/dunk.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual The milk shot is the most important photo by far from the Indy 500. Sadly this was my photo...

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
The milk shot is the most important photo by far from the Indy 500. Sadly this was my photo…

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual I like this close up of milk dripping off of Kanaan.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
I like this close up of milk dripping off of Kanaan.

As soon as the milk shot happens its a frantic run for me from winner circle over to the media workroom so I can quickly get the image on the wire and out to publications around the world.

After getting all the initial celebration images sent out I grabbed my 400mm and walked out on a deck overlooking winner circle to try and get a few more shots.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 320iso, f3.5, 1/1600th, Manual Catching another photographers flash helped make this long lens shot of IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrating.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 320iso, f3.5, 1/1600th, Manual
Catching another photographers flash helped make this long lens shot of IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrating.

It was quite the popular victory. Everyone and their brother wanted to get close and congratulate (or touch) TK.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Manual Kanaan (center) and wife Lauren are led by police and track security past a sea of happy race fans to the media room for interviews after winning the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Manual
Kanaan (center) and wife Lauren are led by police and track security past a sea of happy race fans to the media room for interviews after winning the Indianapolis 500.

And that wraps up the 2013 Indy 500. Cant wait till next years race!

Up next for me is a weekend of NHRA in NJ!


 
Posted in 10 Spot, Crash, Indy Cars, IRL, Racing, Sports   6 Comments

6 responses to “10 Spot / Tony Kanaan finally wins the Indianapolis 500”

  1. Bob Goldstein says:

    The partially blocked milk shot that you don’t like so much is really better thsn you think. To me, anyway, the arms in the air add excitement to the image and make it more real. I like it.

  2. Chuck Sullivan says:

    Fantastic photography as usual. Keep the shots coming. You covering any more NHRA this year?

  3. Ed Kunze says:

    Hi,…..am mostly into NHRA,but,..in real..all of your work,…dig it Keep it up…

  4. Steve Conner says:

    Really like the milk dripping shot.

  5. Yep, got 12 more NHRA races Im doing this year

  6. Lee says:

    Great sequence of Hildebrand.

    Really love the second milk shot.

    Also like the last shot for the look on Lauren’s face as she seems to be realising just what Tony has achieved and how it is going to change their lives, for the next year at least.

    Is Tony’s the most popular win of recent times? Having seen Scott Dixon finish well out of it I was wrapped that Tony had finally shaken the 500 Monkey!

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