The Best Photos of 2015: Chris Jones

Published On December 23, 2015 » 2039 Views» By admin » Blogs, IMS, Indy 500, Photography

We’re looking back on 2015 through the lenses of IMS photographers. Today, Chris Jones shares his favorites.

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Celebrating the day after

Each year, my favorite race is always the Indy 500. I took over 8,000 photos during the Month of May, and as usual, one of my favorite photos is from the winner’s celebration on the Yard of Bricks.

 

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A sweet second win

You never know how a race winner will react in Victory Lane. When Josef Newgarden won his first race at Barber Motorsports Park, his reaction was more one of relief. When he won his second race at Toronto, he was ready to celebrate.

 

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Scenery at Sonoma

In my opinion, the most scenic track on the circuit is Sonoma Raceway. There are some great places to shoot, including between Turns 2 and 3 where this photo of Juan Pablo Montoya was taken.

 

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Champagne on the podium

One of the more popular wins of the season was Graham Rahal’s win at his “home track” at Mid-Ohio for his second win of the season. Sadly, it would also be Justin Wilson’s last podium.

 

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Plenty to celebrate

Scott Dixon came from behind in the standings to win the championship with a stellar performance at the season-ending race in Sonoma Raceway. Here he the next day, is toasting his title with wife Emma on their way to the Championship Celebration.

 

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High drama at Fontana

I never want there to be accidents at a race, but if there is one, I hope the driver walks away, and I hope I nail it if it happens near me. Ryan Briscoe walked away from this accident at Fontana, and here is one of the 50 pictures from the sequence I shot.

 

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Jeff Gordon on his hometown streets

2015 was Jeff Gordon’s last year in NASCAR. Gordon’s hometown of Pittsboro celebrated the five-time Brickyard 400 winner with Jeff Gordon Day and a parade. The number of fans who showed up for the parade was amazing.

 

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Yes, that’s Josef Newgarden

Many people think we only work during the race season. We actually keep busy year-round with many events at IMS and with promotional events like Verizon IndyCar Series night at an Indiana Pacers game, where Josef Newgarden showed off his athletic skills during one of the timeouts.

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