While most of the photo we take are shots we are assigned by the various entities we work for within the company, sometimes we are able to be creative and set up shots and other times we “stumble” into a scene that lends itself to shot that tells a story. AT the 2002 Indy Car event at Nashville Superspeedway, AJ Foyt Racing’s Billy Boat had just won the pole for the event and we completed the photo shoot in Victory Circle with Boat and the team. As we headed back to the Press Room with the Pole Winner, I was walking beside him and someone yelled his name. As he turned to the fan (and me), I snapped the photo of him and in the background was the scoring pylon with his car number and speed at the top in lights. An impromptu shot turned into a memorable shot in a long career.
Another incident at pre-race at Kentucky Motor Speedway and an Indy Car race sponsored by Belterra Casino, Tony Kanaan was waiting to be introduced to the crowd when he walked up in front of a Casino Grid Girl wearing a large blue headdress. The resulting photo is a favorite of mine as well as TK’s.