Saturday, June 4, 2016

Well I'm back again with another story on the Indy 500. I first want to give thanks to the IndyStar for allowing me to shoot for them again and a special thanks to Matt for putting up with me. Being at this special event was awesome to say the least.
INDIANAPOLIS — Running on fumes on the final laps of the race, rookie Alexander Rossi ran out of fuel coming out of Turn 4 — and still managed to win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Rossi, a 24-year-old native of California, coasted to the line ahead of Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan as late-race fuel strategy led to a wild and tense finish.
A year ago, he was watching this race from Monaco.
WINNER: From Formula 1 to Indy. Rossi scores life-changing accomplishment
It was perhaps one of the more unlikely Indy 500 victories, as Rossi has almost no experience in racing on oval tracks after spending several years pursuing a career in Formula One. Rossi couldn’t quite believe it himself.
“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” he said, in a television interview immediately after the race.
Rossi thanked his Andretti Autosport team, which gave him a ride in IndyCar this year.
“At one point, we were 33rd,” Rossi said. “And we rolled the dice and we came through and made it happen. And this is just phenomenal. I had no idea I’d be in IndyCar, I had no idea I’d be in the Indy 500 and now I’m here, we’ve won and I’m at a loss for words. It will change my life for sure.”
Drivers are supposed to be happy for their teammates when they win races, but how can you be happy when a teammate steals the biggest prize in racing from you by a few fumes of fuel?
As Carlos Munoz proved after Sunday’s 100th Indianapolis 500, you can’t.
“I cannot say I’m really happy, I’m just really sad and disappointed,” Muñoz said.
Running in arguably the biggest edition of North America’s grandest race in recent memory, Muñoz appeared to do everything right. His Andretti Autosport team seemed to have played the varying strategies to perfection. His No. 26 United Fiber & Data Andretti Autosport Honda-Dallara was handling well, and he had maneuvered it to the front.
On the final lap, Muñoz trailed only his rookie teammate Alexander Rossi, who was desperately low on fuel, needing to go 36 laps to make it to the finish. Rossi had a significant lead, but the odds still looked strong the the 2013 Indy 500 runner-up.
Rossi would surely run out of fuel… right?
Ultimately, yes, he would. But unfortunately for Muñoz, Rossi had stretched his gas far enough to take advantage of his lead. When his car sputtered coming off of turn 4, Rossi was able to coast to the checkered flag a full four seconds and change to the good.
Muñoz screamed down the front straight, narrowly beating Josef Newgarden in what many thought would be the battle for the win, but the Colombian would have to settle for a runner-up result for the second time in four years.
Below is a list of the final results of this years 500. Also a link to more photos. 
Race Results
1 Alexander Rossi 98 Honda
2 Carlos Munoz 26 Honda
3 Josef Newgarden 21 Chevrolet

4 Tony Kanaan 10 Chevrolet
5 Charlie Kimball 42 Chevrolet
6 JR Hildebrand 6 Chevrolet
7 James Hinchcliffe 5 Honda
8 Scott Dixon 9 Chevrolet
9 Sebastien Bourdais 11 Chevrolet
10 Will Power 12 Chevrolet
11 Helio Castroneves 3 Chevrolet
12 Oriol Servia 77 Honda
13 Marco Andretti 27 Honda
14 Graham Rahal 15 Honda
15 Max Chilton 8 Chevrolet
16 Jack Hawksworth 41 Honda
17 Alex Tagliani 35 Honda
18 Pippa Mann 63 Honda
19 Simon Pagenaud 22 Chevrolet
20 Gabby Chaves 19 Honda
21 Townsend Bell 29 Honda
22 Matt Brabham 61 Chevrolet
23 Bryan Clauson 88 Honda
24 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 Honda
25 Spencer Pigot 16 Honda
26 Takuma Sato 14 Honda
27 Mikhail Aleshin 7 Honda
28 Stefan Wilson 25 Chevrolet
29 Conor Daly 18 Honda
30 Buddy Lazier 4 Chevrolet
31 Ed Carpenter 20 Chevrolet
32 Sage Karam 24 Chevrolet
33 Juan Pablo Montoya 2 Chevrolet

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

911 Slugfest 2015

Hi everyone. I just raped up this years 2015 911 Slugfest boxing match photos. I always have fun at this event along with hundreds of others. The evening starts out kinda quiet and as the night goes on and the matches get closer the crowd gets louder with excitement. Our men and women in red and blue showed what they were made of that night. Even though they aren't professionals you would never know it by their heart. They always give 100% for their team.

I got there early that evening which I always recommend. You need time to look the place over and see if anything had changed from the previous year. In my camera bag this year I brought two cameras one D3S and one D700 along with my 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, and my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I got all may camera gear out and started to dial them in. What I mean by this is I first look at where I'm aloud to stand during the fight and what the lighting will be at this particular spot. I then decide which lens I'll be using in this case I started out with my Nikon D3S 24-70 and my D700 85. I then adjust my white balance. Lighting in these kind of event are poor at best. Their usually old tungsten lighting that has been there for years. "YELLOW".  With this kind of lighting your not going to get perfect color no matter how hard you try. You just do the best you can with what you have. I opened up my aperture as wide as it would go and set my shutter speed to 500. I then plaid around with my ISO and found it would work around 2500 with this lighting.
I always like to take a few photos of the people before many people get there and to take a few test shots. Everything was going pretty smooth until they started the first fight. For the first time sense
I've been shooting this event they turned all house light out. Needless to say I about carped in my pants. All my setting went out the window and the first fight was about to start. I rushed and did the best I could with the time I had. I wasn't pleased with the results of the first couple of fights but finally started dialing everything in.

One of the main things I had to do is readjust the ISO to 6400. I already had my aperture at their widest point f/1.8 and f/2.8. Shutter speed at a reasonable speed of 500 to freeze motion. I had to bring that down to 300-400. Oh yeah I forgot to tell you they only had one light in the center of the ring to light everything. Thank god I decided to shoot RAW. When I'm only going to shoot around 1,000-1,500 images I shoot RAW. I've never had a buffer problem with these camera's handling it.

I always love a challenge and man did I have one that night. I love the crowd and the fighters. What fun. Below I will supply a list of my equipment and settings along with a link to the photos. Please don't judge I did the best with what I had to work with. LOL.

Oh yea let's not forget the people that helped make this event happen from the promoters to the waitresses. GREAT JOB. People I'm telling you don't miss next years event write it down on you calendar now.

To view photos go to my website at

Camera: Nikon D3s, D700
Lenses: Nikon 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.5, 24-70mm f/2.8
Settings: ISO 6,400, Shutter Speed: 300-400, Aperture wide open

Link to 911 Slugfest Facebook site:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

Two main threats were in play ahead of the 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP – rain and the rider with a perfect record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marc Marquez. Though the red and white flag signified that rain drops were present with eight laps to go, the race remained dry for the entire 27-lap encounter that took riders nearly 70 miles around the 2.591-mile circuit containing 16 corners.
But the threat of Marquez didn’t subside. The 22-year-old Repsol Honda RC213V pilot remained in second until three laps remained in 2015 Indy MotoGP, round 10 of 18, and then took the lead from Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. The two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo would give it his all to place his YZR-M1 on top of the podium, but Marquez showed no remorse.
This would be Marquez’s fifth-straight win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including three-straight in the MotoGP class, and the 50th of his young GP career. The two-time reigning MotoGP Champion retains a perfect record in America, winning every race he had ever competed in, including rounds in Laguna Seca Mazda
Raceway, Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and Indy. This was Marquez’s first back-to-back finish in 2015 MotoGP after he dominated round nine at Sachsenring, and the sixth-straight time Honda won at Indy.
Joining Marquez on the 2015 Indy MotoGP podium were Lorenzo and the nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.
“The race went very well, but we were pretty much on the limit. The truth is that Jorge improved a lot during the race, and I didn’t think there would be so many laps in the 1’32s,” Marquez says.
“Even towards the end of the race we did a 1’32.6, which is very fast! We used the strategy of attacking at the end, when there were three laps remaining, and I think it was ideal for taking victory at this circuit. I’m also very proud to have taken Honda’s 700th victory! This is a very special moment for all the team and I dedicate it to all of Honda.”
Due to his third-place finish, Rossi was able to retain his points lead, which he has held since winning the opening round in Qatar. VR46  also kept his streak of season-long podium finishes.
Marquez started from pole – his third-straight at Indy and fifth of 2015 MotoGP – but had to settle in second behind the man who got to turn one first from a second-position start, Lorenzo. In line behind Lorenzo and Marquez at 2015 Indy MotoGP were Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedora, Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, Rossi, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, respectively. As for Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, he went off the track at turn four and rejoined the grid at the back of the pack.
Rossi wasted no time, and within two laps he passed Smith for fifth, and then Iannone for fourth. Rossi then set his sights on  Pedrosa as Lorenzo and Marquez pulled away from the grid. With 16 to go, Rossi and Marquez were the only riders running in the 1:32s, but Pedrosa would join the 1:32s a lap later. Rossi made his first successful pass on Pedrosa with 10 laps to go, and the two exchanged positions numerous times.

The remaining finishers were far behind these top four. Iannone once again took top Ducati honors, finishing 21.528 seconds behind Marquez. Smith earned sixth, nine seconds ahead of teamamte Pol Espargaro. Rounding out the top 10 were CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Octo Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.Up front, not much changed as Marquez remained glued to Lorenzo’s tailpipe. Just after setting a new Circuit Record of 1:32.625 with only three laps to the checkered flag, Marquez passed Lorenzo . Though Lorenzo tried, he could not catch Marquez, and finished 0.688 of a second behind his fellow countryman. Rossi took the final podium position 5.966 seconds back, winning the duel with Pedrosa, who finished fourth, 6.147 seconds behind.
As for the sole American in all of MootoGP, Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden finished 16th, over a minute off the pace. Amazingly, the only rider to DNF was CWM LCR Honda’s Jack Miller, who crashed out with 20 laps remaining.
After 10 of 18 rounds, Rossi has 195 points – nine ahead of Lorenzo and 56 ahead of Marquez. Lannone is in fourth, 66 points behind. The 2015 MotoGP Championship now heads directly to Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, August 14-16.
All Credits given to Ron Lieback for writing this article
Photos provided by Denny Scott


Pos.No.RiderBikeTime / Diff. 
193Marc MARQUEZHonda41'55.371
299Jorge LORENZOYamaha0.688
346Valentino ROSSIYamaha5.966
426Dani PEDROSAHonda6.147
529Andrea IANNONEDucati21.528
638Bradley SMITHYamaha21.751
744Pol ESPARGAROYamaha30.378
835Cal CRUTCHLOWHonda31.607
94Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati32.821
109Danilo PETRUCCIDucati34.517
1125Maverick VIÑALESSuzuki39.01
1268Yonny HERNANDEZDucati41.815
1345Scott REDDINGHonda50.209
1441Aleix ESPARGAROSuzuki+1'00.465
158Hector BARBERADucati+1'04.147
1669Nicky HAYDENHonda+1'05.066
1763Mike DI MEGLIODucati+1'06.941
1819Alvaro BAUTISTAAprilia+1'13.862
1950Eugene LAVERTYHonda+1'18.706
206Stefan BRADLAprilia+1'19.730
2115Alex DE ANGELISART+1'19.882
2224Toni ELIASHonda+1'19.934
Not Classified
43Jack MILLERHonda20 Laps

Sunday, June 15, 2014

2014 Indy 500 Race.

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Hunter-Reay victory in Sundays 98th Indianapolis 500 lifted his arm into the air as he crossed the bricks just a few feet ahead of Helio Castroneves.

There was only 0.0600 of a second separating the two cars, the margin was the second-closest in Indy 500 history, ending one of the most existing finishes with a six-lap shootout in which Hunter-Reay and Castroneves traded the lead four times.

"This is what I've dreamed of since I was a little kid," Hunter-Reay said. "This is everything I've worked for. The (IndyCar) championship (in 2012) is right next to this, and this Is probably a little bit ahead of that. It's amazing."

The victory also pushed an American racer into the limelight for the first time since Sam Hornish Jr. won in 2006, a boon for a race trying to hold its audience and a fact Hunter-Reay quickly seized upon.

"I was always trying to get here," he said. "To even have a shot at it is unbelievable. When you look at the NASCAR side of racing, it's all Americans. Open-wheel is a very international sport. The best talent from around the world is here doing battle in every type of discipline — ovals, street circuits, road courses, short ovals. It's the only championship in the world like that. It's a true drivers' championship."

I’ve posted some of my photos on my website at

Congratulations to all the drivers and to IMS staff for putting on one of the most exciting racing events in it’s history. Well done…….

1.Ryan Hunter-Reay
2.Helio Castroneves
3.Marco Andretti
4.Carlos Munoz
5.Juan Pablo Montoya
6.Kurt Busch
7.Sebastien Bourdais
8.Will Power
9.Sage Karam
10.JR Hildebrand
11.Oriol Servia
12.Simon Pagenaud
13.Alex Tagliani
14.Jacques Villenueve
15.Sebastian Saavedra
16.James Davison
17.Carlos Huertas
18.Ryan Briscoe
19.Takuma Sato
20.Jack Hawksworth
21.Mikhail Aleshin
22.Justin Wilson
23.Martin Plowman
24.Pippa Mann
25.Townsend Bell
26.Tony Kanaan
27.Ed Carpenter
28.James Hinchcliffe
29.Scott Dixon
30.Josef Newgarden
31.Charlie Kimball
32.Buddy Lazier
33.Graham Rahal

Saturday, September 8, 2012

2012 Indianapolis 500

Well it's another year at the track. My first day was Monday 14. I showed up around 10am to get a jump on the day. Practice started at 12 noon sharp. The day started out a little slow but picked up shortly. The new car design was a little hard to get use to at first but being around them all week has changed my mind. I like them. In talking to everyone they say the cars are fast they just need to dial them. Everyone are having problems getting up to speed. Talking to a few of the drivers and crew chefs they think come race day it's going to be an interesting race. 

Speeds aren't there yet but come Friday they will get the extra boost which will increase the speeds. I think  quilfing day we may be surprised. Everyday their finding more and more way to tweak the cars to get the most out of them. The cars seem to be stable but in talking to some of the drivers they can be a hand full especially in traffic.

Andretti Autosport young gun Sebastian Saavedra, No. 17 Team AFS Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, set the pace in the second day of practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. His lap of 40.6272 seconds/221.526 mph topped the chart comprised of 31 drivers taking laps on the famed 2.5-mile nearly rectangle oval. 

As the week went on the times increased a little but not much until Friday. With the 40# of extra boost we began to see the speeds start to rise. By the end of the day Friday a chosen few saw 225+ .

Friday was a interesting day with plenty of fans to cheer on the drivers. Of note today was the increase in speed as the Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar teams worked on race set-up. Teammates ran together to get a better understanding of exactly how their cars were going to handle in multi-car packs and react to the tow, which is substantially different with the new Dallara DW12 chassis.

Quote "MICHAEL ANDRETTI" On the difference between this car DALLARA DW12 and the old cars. “These cars actually really tow-up. There is a lot of passing now because nobody wants to lead today; they all want to tow. These cars really do tow-up. The last car wasn’t as good. This car seems a bit more lenient on the on the back-end. With last year’s car before you even turned the wheel into (turn) one, you know that the rear is just not there. Something is telling you to back off even earlier where this one you can really drive it in. We can stay flat really close to people. I think it is going to be a good race. The thing that happened with us today I think is going to be good for the fans. There’s going to be a lot of action because what happens is it tows up decently, but once you get somewhat close, it really…that last third of the straightway, it really starts sucking up. So when it does, people are going to have to do those last minute moves. That’s what the race is going to consist of. It’s going to be good for the fans because I think there is going to be some passing. It will be interesting.”

Whats in my bag
Nikon D700
Nikon D300
Nikon 28-300 VR f/3.5
Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
Nikon 300 VR f/2.8

Started out early on Monday showed up around 10am. Practice didn't start until 12 noon. I just went around a few of the garages of some of the teams I know and took a few close up shots. Just before practice started I decided to start out at the 4th turn when I got there I found out that IMS had made all kinds of changes like where we were allowed to stand. IMS had made several changes because of GP race which were the 4th and 1st turn. All the photographers were complaining because we had to shoot threw the fence which isn't the best thing to do. On Wensday when I went back to the 4th turn IMS had cut holes threw the fence for the photographers which we all appreciated.

As far as settings when I was shooting the cars on the track I set my ISO at 400,I used Sutter Speed at 1000,Contunious, and CH, auto whit balance. I use my 300 VR f/2.8 most of the time. 

When I shot in the pits or garage area I pretty much let the camera do the work. I set it on Apeture priority,auto white balance,ISO 400 this seemed to work out great. I use my new 28-300 VR lens in which I fell in love with. What a great lens for a walk around. That's pretty much it if you have question just ask.

Denny Scott 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

2012 AMA Monster Supercross Indianapolis Indiana

Hello everyone.
On March 17 2012 I had a opportunity to shoot the AMA Monster Energy Supercross held inside the Lucas Oil Stadium. I meet several of the riders and fans all of which were great. I arrived about 10am Saturday morning just to find out they wouldn't let us on the track until 11:30am.

I've been told by several of the racers that Indianapolis had one of the best track layout held by Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Many of the riders commented on how slick the track  was which took it's tool on several of the racers. Several top riders failed to make it out of qualifying. As a result, the championship race took a major dive as Ryan Villopoto’s sole remaining title contender, James Stewart, dropped a full 25 points, essentially handing the season victory to the Monster Kawasaki rider.

James Stewart crashed his JGRMX Yamaha in the start of Heat 1. Kevin Windham was collected in that crash as well. Stewart remained on the ground, eventually riding the medical Mule off the track. Windham would win the LCQ and Brett Metcalfe scored his first Heat win of the year for factory Suzuki.

By Lap 5, JGR Yamaha's David Millsaps put the move on the Frenchman just past the mechanics’ area. One lap later Brayton passed into the lead and it took some of the wind out of Alessi’s sails. The privateer Suzuki rider slowed and lost positions to Metcalfe and Villopoto. The reigning champion had his hands full with Suzuki’s lone factory pilot as Metty looked the best he has all season. The Australian rider used a slick rhythm line through an uneven whoop section stretching over 130 feet to keep the advantage.

RV kept running his KX450F in tight against the RM-Z450 and eventually pushed his way past for second position. He immediately clipped a tuff block, nearly allowing Metcalfe to retake the spot, but held on and started pulling away. Behind them, Windham pulled an alternate rhythm to the inside of Alessi and their lines collided, forcing K-Dub to bail off mid-air. The veteran rider bounced up with adrenaline, but the reality set in by the time he reached his Geico Honda. Windham pulled off and scored no points.

Just past the halfway point, Brayton started getting caught up in lapped traffic which allowed Villopoto to close the gap to roughly two seconds. RV had picked up on Metcalfe’s line through the whoops and used it a few laps later to take the top spot. Millsaps took advantage of a mistake by Metcalfe for the final podium position.

Race Results

2012 AMA Supercross Indianapolis Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Brayton (Honda)
3. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
5. Cole Seeley (Honda)
6. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
8. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
9. Weston Peick (Kawasaki)
10. Nico Izzi (Yamaha)
11. Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
12. Justin Sipes (Kawasaki)
13. Bobby Kiniry (Yamaha)
14. Matt Goerke (Suzuki)
15. Jeff Alessi (Suzuki)

2012 AMA Supercross Championship Standings:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 246
2. Ryan Dungey, 192
3. James Stewart, 177
4. Davi Millsaps, 151
5. Kevin Windham, 146
6. Justin Brayton, 143
7. Brett Metcalfe, 142
8. Jake Weimer, 134
9. Chad Reed, 128
10. Mike Alessi, 128


Now lets talk photography. First the contents of my photo bag.
Nikon D700
Nikon D300
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8

I started out with my D700/70-200VR as my main camera and my D300/24-70 as my close up camera. On an event like this I always shoot JPEG. I pretty much set the cameras around ISO 1000 to 1200, F/2.8, Speed between 300 and 500, and I set my white balance to auto.

All my post processing is done in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge. I open all photos in Bridge using raw and adjust my white balance,contrast,and blacks. I then finish in Photoshop.

If you have questions just shoot me a email and I’ll try to answer them.

Indianapolis Sports Photography

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tony Stewart Wins IKC Indy Karting Classic

NASCAR champ Tony Stewart wins Indy Karting Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse

IKC “Indy Karting Classic” inaugural race. I arrived at Conseco Field House Sunday morning at 7am and meet with Bill McLaughlin in which was the race director. By the way hats off to Bill for putting on a outstanding racing event.

Practice started shortly after 8am. The list of several classes from the rookie class to the Pro Class. The Pro Class consisted of drivers from NASCAR and IndyCar’s series.

IndyCar’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar) set fast time of 9.865 seconds with AJ Allemdinger following up in second. Thomas Scheckter rounding up third. Jay Howard  was fourth fastest followed by Ty and Austin Dillion in fifth an sixth. Newley signed IndyCar driver Josef Newgardner was seventh in front of Alex Tagliani, John Andretti, and Tony Stewart. Ed Carpenter had some engine trouble in which kept him from qualifying.The Pro's were driving a few different manufacture karts and engines all called the TAG class. These karts are rocket ships and a hand full to control. All these drivers did a great job of making it look easy.

The Pro race consisted of a 30 lap main event. To make a long story short Tony was out to lunch in practice but went back to the drawing board and came out with guns firing to win the first inaugural IKS race.

The fans in the stands consisted of family members to NASCAR and IndyCar fans.  I talked to several fans and they all seem to have a great time. If you like hard aggressive racing don’t miss next years IKC race and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I just wanted to add a little note here on this guy. If you've been around karting at all you could appreciate what this young man did at this race. I first noticed him in practice when he absolutely blew by all his competition. His kart had so much side bite it was  lifting the left rear wheel in the corners. Not only giving credit to he's set up this guy could drive to. He was able to pass on the inside or outside with little effort. I knew he was fast but when they announced his times being only a couple of tenths slower than the PRO's it verified my thoughts. I have no idea what this young mans name was and if anyone out there know please let me know and I'll make a change and give credit where credits dew. CONGRATS!

More Photos Coming Soon


Now lets talk photography. First the contents of my photo bag.
Nikon D700
Nikon D300
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8

I didn’t even need to bring my 24-70 I never used it. The combo of the D700 and the 70-200 was the ticket. On an event like this I always shoot in JPEG. Lighting was ok if you were shooting at 1/60 but at speeds of 1/250 to 1/400 I had to play around with the ISO a lot. I ended up setting the ISO at 1250 and f/stop at f/2.8 and the shutter speed at 400. I tried settings all over the place but this seem to work the best.

All my post processing is done in Photoshop CS5. I open all photos in camera raw and adjust my white balance,contrast,and blacks. I then finish in Photoshop.

Again I want to thank Bill for letting me shoot this event.

If you have questions just shoot me a email and I’ll try to answer them.

Denny Scott

Indianapolis Sports Photography