With a few more days before the race, it is time to start thinking about the big day. My photo staff consists of my 4 Indy Car Series travel team and myself and more than 30 other photographers who come back year after year. I assign them to specific areas of the track to do the various assignments we are asked to shoot on race day. While most people think we concentrate on the cars and drivers, there are more elements of the event that we have assignments for. 2010 we will be shooting things like the people coming in the gates early in the morning, the celebrities arriving and the fans early morning activities such as tailgating, partying and having fun all around the Speedway grounds. Morning festivities also include the suites and grandstands as people arrive and the Corporate parties.
Pre-race activities are always colorful and we have several of our photographers concentrating on that element. During the race, while several are shooting in turns and in the pit area, others will be roaming the infield looking for the fans partying and having fun, picnicking and watching the event.
When the race is over, as people funnel out of the infield and grandstands, we will be shooting the mass exit, the awards regarding the race and the trash left behind all over the grounds. Long after the people are gone, we will be uploading and filing photos for their use on the IMS and Indy Car websites and for Media around the world.