The Best Photos of 2016: Shawn Gritzmacher

Published On December 26, 2016 » 1463 Views» By admin » Blogs, IMS, Indy 500, Photography

We’re looking back on 2016 through the lenses of IMS photographers. Today, Shawn Gritzmacher shares his favorites.

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The year at IMS kicked off with a wonderful victory by Simon Pagenaud in the Angie’s List Grand Prix. It was yet another dominant win for the driver who conquered the spring in IndyCar. Simon’s emotion is always so authentic.

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Long-time IMS employee Bill York fills out the qualifying timecards for the final time before retiring following the 100th Indy 500. He always made art from numbers.

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It was a year of countdowns, as we all anxiously awaited the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The day before the race, I couldn’t help but shoot the winner’s wreath patiently waiting.

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Finally Race Day for the Indianapolis 500 had arrived, and like always, it is a melding of tradition and innovation. No moment was more symbolic of that for me than when Dario Franchitti ran his hand across the nose of Jimmy Clark’s car.

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I always enjoy shooting the activities leading up to pre-race, and this year I entrenched myself within them. While I typically shoot a lot of the ceremonies from a wide view, I couldn’t help but admire the concentration and focus in many of the eyes of the servicemen and women. While trying to capture that, the flyover came in, I shifted focus and the servicemen held his salute. It still gives me chills.

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The obvious choice here would be the milk shot, which almost didn’t seem to happen. Rossi was so new to Victory Circle, it wasn’t until Michael initiated some milk splashing that it happened. In many ways it encapsulates the rookie that won the 100th.

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The day after the 500 is always a favorite of mine. The track is calm, but the legacy of the prior day’s race still remains. I think Alexander was feeling the same way.

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The Speedway is always the main character of any race weekend. While upgrades and improvements are constantly made, it always able to maintain a few wrinkles.

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Kyle Busch’s dominance at IMS has proven to be the main story of the last two Brickyard weekends. Always focused, always looking for something more.

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