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 http://www.indianapolis-sports-photography.com.

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…….



















RESULTS FOR THE 2014 INDY 500 RACE
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.”



CAMERA TALK
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



"CAMERA TALK"

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

"CAMERA TALK"

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

Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 911 Slugfest

In 2010 I was invited to take photos of the police and fireman 911 Slugfest boxing match held in Indianapolis by a good friend named Keith Boggs. Kurt Spivey a Indianapolis policeman is the promoter of this event along with the help of Keith. Fireman and Policeman from Indianapolis and the surrounding areas are invited to participate in boxing match for charity. If you haven't ever attended one of these event you should it’s a lot of fun and great comradely.

I arrived that night along with my friend Brad Dubois and sought out Keith to get our credentials. Once we obtain them Keith took us over to the ring side were we could set up for the fight.  Once we got set up Keith introduced us to his fighter a X Colts player.  He informed me that they couldn’t find any fireman  that wanted to fight him so at the last minute they found an outsider that was willing to step in the ring with him. As you can see he's a big boy. Keith was very impressed on how quickly he picked up the techniques. 
After a few fights there was a one fighter probably wished he hadn't fought that night. He got knocked out of the ring and got knocked out. After a few minutes he got up and back in the ring to throw in the towel. You know what I thought was pretty cool was how both the police and firemen went to help him and how everyone was so concerned. After this fight the officials made me move in order to protect me from a fighter landing on me. I understood but man that really hindered my ability to shoot.    
"CAMERA TALK"
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 found out the in this event I didn't need the 70-200 lens. I shot 99% with the 24-70. When I shoot events like this I always shoot in Manual and start out with the lowest ISO possible along with shutter speed usually ISO of 800 and shutter speed at 250. Your f/stop will need to be wide open at f/2.8 if you have it.

As I mentioned above I brought my Nikon D700 with a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 and my Nikon D300 with a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 in which I rarely used. These are two of the best lenses you could ask for in this type of situation. I played around a lot with the shutter speed all the way from 250-1000. If your not comfortable in Manual then set your camera on shutter speed and just play with the ISO and speed.

I've supplied a link to view all the photos shot that night at   2011 911 Slugfest   If you happen to be one of the fighters you will be able to down load them at no expense. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime. 

I would like to thank Kurt and Mike for allowing me to shoot this event. Thanks guys.

Denny Scott


Indianapolis Sports Photography