Boom. That was the sound I heard as Vitor Meira (14) and Raphael Matos (2) touched entering turn one. The resulting crash was one of the stranger I had ever seen, with Meira riding on his side along the wall for nearly the full length of turn one.
I hate taking crash pictures.. but I am happy I was able to get these. (I took 26 shots during this sequence)
Before the cars had settled the Yellow-shirts each went down in front of the stands to do an injury check. This was quick and obviously drilled, and was cool to see the quick safety action of the IMS staff. One thing cool about this picture is that I have captured (inadvertantly) the reactions of the crowd about 20 seconds after the accident. The faces and expressions are fun to look at.
A full-size, uncropped version is here: http://www.racerjon.com/pictures/eve...-full_5378.jpg
Those close to me got to see my still shots right after the crash even.
Fans of Helio anticipating what might be..
After the crash, track workers walk the track picking up each and every piece of debris they can find.
Helio with his hand in the air after winning the 2009 Indy 500 - his third win in the event and especially special after his past six months.
Shiny happy people holding flags.
After the race some fans are lucky enough to go to the garage, and even get to get autographs. Milka Duno can often be seen outside of her garage with a Sharpie in hand.
The winning car getting pushed back into its garage, streaked with rubber. As soon as it stopped, crew went to work with rags, cleaner and wax to detail the car for the next day's photo shoots.