If there was an award for the “Most Photographed Structure” in motorsports the Pagoda would be a worthy competitor. All summer long we receive Tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram tags from our fans uploading their best Pagoda pics. Our own team of photographers also captures some photos of the Pagoda looking its best. But, if we’re being really honest, is there a time when the Pagoda doesn’t look good? We’ve pulled together our favorite shots of the Pagoda from the 2014 season.
First on our list is this shot from the start/finish line of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The Pagoda stands tall as another form of history is about to be made at IMS – the first Verizon IndyCar Series race on the road course.
This next one was taken in the early morning on Indy 500 Race Day. There is something special about being at IMS before the sun rises, while the Pagoda is still lit and all is still quiet on pit lane. It’s a feeling everyone should experience at some point. Really! Being here at 5:30 a.m. on Race Day is completely worth it.
This close-up of the Pagoda during Kroger Super Weekend is a definite favorite. We love to see the structure all dressed up in Crown Royal wrapping. It can only mean one thing, NASCAR is in town!
The spectacle of the events at “The Greatest Race Course in the World” truly comes to light during pre-race ceremonies. This photo shows the Pagoda above the American flag before the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Here’s a great shot that shows the two, arguably, most iconic aspects of IMS. The Pagoda and the Yard of Bricks are the center of attention at any IMS event, and this photo highlights that nicely with the use of a vignette effect.
The Pagoda in the snow always makes for great photography. Thanks to a bit of early winter weather we were lucky enough to capture a few great shots last month. Just a reminder that the Pagoda’s magic doesn’t fade in the offseason.
Turn 1 of the oval always lends to breathtaking views of the front straightaway. In this photo we peek at the Pagoda through the rafters of those coveted Turn 1 stands.
We just couldn’t help ourselves, here’s another from Indy 500 Race Day morning. The sunrise was spectacular that day which made for prime Pagoda picture time.
By some fortune the Pagoda always seems to look its best during Mother Nature’s worst events. While we were inside taking cover from the horrible storms during Kroger Super Weekend, the Pagoda was withstanding it all. And all while looking perfect. This photo takes the cake for Pagoda photos in 2014.