After a few days of shooting for both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR with the AARWBA Banquet during which Dario Franchitti won the “Jerry Titus Award” for the most votes from the media for the 1st Team, the next evening shooting the “Night at the Museum” function for INDYCAR Ministries which was a fun event. Tuesday’s State of IndyCar was an all-day shoot with images of the drivers and owners prior to the event, photos of the event itself AND photos of the reception afterwards.
Yesterday I travelled to the Millionair Terminal to shoot the send-off for the Indianapolis 500 Centennial Tour with drivers from INDYCAR as well as former drivers like Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser Jr going to Europe and the Middle East Military bases to entertain and salute the troops protecting our freedom. Photos taken at these and other events will go on our IMS and INDYCAR web sites as well as the media sites for use on other web sites around the world. Not many days go by when I am not asked to shoot some function, dignitary or display pertinent to the happening in and around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or INDYCAR.
We have 4.5 + million images, most of which need to be converted to digital, and my staff here in the Hall of Fame 2nd floor offices are busy scanning. In the past few weeks, we have had the announcement of the new commemorative stamp depicting the 1911 Indy 500 winner, the Marmon Wasp, the Lego replica of the Indianapolis 500 track complete with streakers in the infield, the new satellite team of Ganassi Racing with Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball as the drivers had their announcement here and of course the Santa Claus visit last month. For us in Photo, there is never an “off season” and I for one am glad of it.