From the photo vault: Can I get a word with you?

Published On April 3, 2016 » 1883 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500, Photography

We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 56 days to go, we’re digging deep into the IMS photo vault.

More from the vault: Drinking the milk | Henderson/Nabors | The Snake PitSelling the 500 | Going to the dogs | More 100 days blogs

As “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500 has become, by extension, a great spectacle in media. Hundreds and hundreds of reporters are credentialed for the race each year from newspapers, radio, TV and beyond, and the driver interview is often the cornerstone of coverage. Every driver has a story at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, and there’s always someone ready with a microphone, recorder or pad of paper to chronicle it – and often someone with a camera to document it.

In our photo vault we simply typed in the word “interview” and had fun seeing what came up.

The WLW "Mobile Unit" was bigger than Louis Meyer's race car in 1938.

The WLW “Mobile Unit” was bigger than Louis Meyer’s race car in 1938.

One of the best places for media to catch a driver is at his garage. Here's Al Keller at his stall in 1961.

One of the best places for media to catch a driver is at his garage. Here’s Al Keller at his stall in 1961.

We couldn't resist this shot with a handsome, young Donald Davidson in 1964 -- surely dishing the knowledge like he does today.

We couldn’t resist this shot with a handsome, young Donald Davidson in 1964 — surely dishing the knowledge like he does today.

Jim Clark in 1967.

Jim Clark in 1967.

What's A.J. Foyt thinking at this moment before going out in 1967?

What’s A.J. Foyt thinking at this moment before going out in 1967?

Grabbing a patch of grass for a chat with Mario Andretti in 1968. That strip of grass off pit road is long gone.

Grabbing a patch of grass for a chat with Mario Andretti in 1968. That strip of grass off pit road is long gone.

Johnny Rutherford took a turn behind a mike instead of in front of one in 1973, interviewing Lee Brayton.

Johnny Rutherford took a turn behind a mike instead of in front of one in 1973, interviewing Lee Brayton.

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch got plenty of attention in 2014 when he dropped in to run Indy.

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch got plenty of attention in 2014 when he dropped in to run Indy.

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John Schwarb

I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.
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