Monday, January 2, 2012

IZOD Indycar Series Best of 2011

2011 Champion Dario Franchitti Tests the Dallara DW12 at IMS
It seems only fitting that my first blog post of 2012 would also feature my collection of photos from the Indycar races I shot last season, as the IZOD sponsored series is my first true love in racing. I was fortunate to be able to shoot three races in 2011, although I had originally planned to do more. With the new Dallara, named in honor of fallen Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon, already seeing track time for 2012 and a 15 race schedule announced for this season, the new year holds great promise for the series yet there is much to overcome. Randy Bernard still has to come up with one more race to satisfy the contract with IZOD and I hope it is another oval track, as there are only three oval races on the current schedule. The Baltimore Labor Day event will likely have a new promoter and the series is returning to Belle Isle and Fontana for the first time in years.

Losing Danny was an awful way to end 2011, especially after he won the Indy 500 in dramatic fashion and with the work he had done to test the next generation Dallara. I do not know what the future holds for my involvement with Indycars, but I started at Indy in 1984 and would dearly love to continue shooting the fastest series in the world in 2012. Stay tuned and I'll see you at a racetrack somewhere along the way.