Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
You can probably tell from my hairline in this picture that I'm an oldtimer. Well, now it's official. One of the things I have been working towards since I first started shooting the Indy 500 in 1984 was membership in the "Indy 500 Oldtimers" club. This past Friday, I got my membership card and approval letter in the mail so it has finally happened. I am so excited and consider myself blessed that I've been able to get accepted, especially considering some of the difficult times I've endured at the Speedway and away from the track over the last dozen years or so. I can't wait to start wearing my red hat this May and am grateful that I've been able to hang around long enough and participate in the greatest race in the world as more than just a spectator. You can tell from the following May 2008 picture how happy I am when I'm at IMS.
I've said it many times before: a bad day at the racetrack beats a lot of good days lots of other places. And I've had more than my share of bad days at the Brickyard. Thankfully, those have not been held against me and I've been able to learn the lessons I needed to overcome them. It only happened with the assistance of a lot of people since I first started.
At the risk of leaving out someone (and I apologize already if I do), I'd like to thank Keith Pritchard, Annie Miller Carr and Carl Pendleton for agreeing to sponsor my Oldtimers application and for the wealth of advice they've given me over the years. Thanks also to Don Hamilton at American Motor Journal for the chance to have freedom at the track to be more than just a turn shooter waiting for a spin. Thanks to Ron McQueeney, Steve Snoddy, Ron Green and many others at IMS for the opportunities and help they have provided. Thanks to Alex Person for giving me that tryout and first opportunity with UPI. Thanks to Jerry Clark, Gregg Griffo and numerous others at the Indianapolis Star. Thanks to AFP for enabling me to get back in the game in 1999. And most of all, thanks to the other photographers like my friends Jamie Gallagher, Glenn Smith and a host of others for sharing the passion that makes us endure the wild and unpredictable month of May that is the Indianapolis 500.
God bless you all.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
And 16 year old Chris Buescher took fourth ahead of diehard Ken Schrader. In ARCA's 85th race at Salem, it will be remembered for the classy fast racecraft of these young guys who really stole the show. Local favorite and Salem king Frank Kimmel lost ground at the start with a pit stop before the green flag flew and ended up a lap down. in seventh.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Congratulations to Graham Rahal for taking pole at St. Pete! Surely the weather will be better down there but he showed last year that rain or shine, he is quick. Clearly he could defend his race title from 2008. The Top 6 in final qualifying was not a big surprise, except for Dixon not even making it into the second round! Dario looks stout in his return, with Justin Wilson pulling a mild upset for Dale Coyne to start up front with Rahal. The Penske boys both made it to the Top 6 along with Tony Kanann who will likely go for it from the drop of the green flag. Mike Conway was very impressive until he bounced off of two walls at the end of the second session. Thanks to VERSUS. I enjoyed the qualifying show and they did a good job of showing the personalities in the sport, which the IRL desperately needs since once the helmets go on, it's impossible for the average fan to know who's who. And interviewing someone right after they've crashed out isn't going to allow them to put their best foot forward either!
We're off to Salem in a couple of hours and I'll be back with more later once I download eveything!