Simon Pagenaud on the track for the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Shooting Practice Shouldn’t Be This Much Fun

Maybe it is because I don’t shoot auto racing very much, but I even enjoy shooting practice events. Usually if the game does not matter I don’t really care about shooting it. The players don’t seem to give it the same all when the score does not matter. Race practice though is meant to test out the car and push it to the limit. The drivers are really trying to turn fast times so the cars look the same as they do during the race. I am sure that when the cars start practicing on the oval I will change my tune, but on the road course I could shoot them everyday.

Scott Dixon on the track for the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Setting Goals For The Day

When I went to the speedway Thursday I had one clear goal. I wanted action shots of the cars on the road course track. I only had one chance this month to do so. I want shots of the drivers on pit road and of the action that occurs in the garage, but I have the rest of the month to get those. Thursday was about shooting as many drivers as I could in each location I could get to on the course. When you are building a racing portfolio you need your shots to not look like they all came from the same race. I wanted a shot to put in it from the road course. When you have a simple goal for the day you make it easy to achieve, but you also take away the distraction of everything else. I wanted to shoot the track and get something different in the garage area, but I knew I had to stick to my plan. This is a long month at Indy, and there is no sense in running around like crazy trying to shoot everything. If you do that you will get nothing. Even with that being said I walked over seven miles Thursday at the track. Had I tried to race back to the garages between every practice I would have been spent.

Bonus Photos

Here is where I add a couple of bonus photos from the race. It was a fun day spent in a few spots on the track. I came home with many images to go through, and I still haven’t put a dent in them. Here are a few more that I liked so far though.

Josef Newgarden on the track for the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tony Kanaan on the track for the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves on the track for the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Josef Newgarden on the track for the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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