This was my 25th Indy 500 and I took 1,705 pictures over three days of varius stuff experienced during the weekend. A couple of these pictures are not work safe, but they are part of the Indy 500 experience so I have added them as links - don't click if you are at work or are offended by redneck chicks with saggy body parts.
so, uh.. off we go.
Friday: "Carb Day" Final practice, pit stop contest, Freedom 100 Indy Lights race
- 1042 Total pics (847 pics with the 20d; 195 pics with the XT)
Sarah Fisher at speed during practice on Friday. There is a yellow mark on her right front tire, and you can see from the glossy surface on the edges she isn't up to speed and hasn't used all of the tire yet.
When the cars start on full fuel loads they bottom at a few points on the track, I caught Mike Conway here just after one of those moments.
The sun glares off all of the ways turn one shouldn't be taken while Justin Wilson takes the correct line.
Soon to be 3-time 500 winner Castroneves set the pace during the Thursday practice and would win the pit stop contest later that day.
John Andretti was back this year with another famous racing name - Petty. The sponsor isn't the same as it was in the old days, but seeing the Petty/STP colors was pretty cool.
AJ Foyt IV got a one-off ride at Indy and ended up driving to a 16th place finish.
Tony Kannan showered the track with sparks on Friday, and then with fire after he crashed on Sunday.
The Freedom 100 Indy Lights race - these guys are not on a pace lap but in race action. They look slow because they are 30 mph slower than the IndyCars, but are running 10-15mph faster than NASCAR Cup cars and are usually two and three abreast.
The picture is a bit blurry, but despite their "slow" speed you can see the SAFER barrier bend from the car hitting it.
The safety patrol - AKA, "Yellow Shirts" - at IMS can get worn out after a long day. The crowd was estimated at 70,000 on Friday and these guys (and girls) get to stand within the same few feet of space to offer directions, help if something goes wrong and blow wistles. Lots and lots of wistles.
More to come...