Every May, I look forward to the end of the academic year and the beginning of my full immersion into the world of motorsport. The vast majority of years, finals week at the college where I teach ends right before qualifying weekend for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. This timing ends up being perfect for me and my family as we’re able to head to Indianapolis just in time for qualifying weekend. During the week, my wife and youngling are able to visit family and enjoy the city of Indianapolis while I’m able to continue photographing the IndyCar and Indy Lights practice sessions, Community Day, and stalk Gasoline Alley. At the end of the week, the entire family heads down to the track for Carburetion Day for the final Verizon IndyCar Series practice, and to enjoy the Cooper Tire Indy Lights Series Powered by Mazda’s Freedom 100 race. Saturday, we head to Lucas Oil Raceway for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires races as part of what used to be known as the Night Before the 500, but now rebadged as the Mazda Road to Indy Freedom Fest. Finally, on Sunday, the ten-day motorsport adventure culminates with the running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
This year, that glorious schedule was not possible. With the academic year ending a bit later than normal and Memorial Day ending up a bit earlier than normal, Finals Week fell between qualifying weekend and race weekend. With the rain on Saturday, and the mayhem and delayed action on Sunday of the qualifying weekend, I was not able to get the assortment of images and tell the stories I normally have the opportunity to create and tell. Carb Day, one of my favourite days at the Speedway, was also a bust after a meeting was called for that Friday morning. This put a huge crimp in my photographic adventures in Indianapolis, and so my collection of images from the Month of May is not as rich and diverse as I was hoping for my first year representing FBC. Be that as it may, I did manage to capture some images and below is the full gallery of my abbreviated weekends.