2014 Indy Car at the Detroit GP (May 30 to June 1)

At the Detroit Belle Isle GP, IndyCar held races on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as practice and qualifying sessions. This was a very busy and exciting weekend for IndyCar. Here’s a selection of shots from the race weekend. Hope you like the photos.

Friday morning practice

2014 Indy Car (222A1454)Photographed the Friday morning practice session at Turn 1, since its a great location to get shots of the cars as they raced down the front straight and into the right-hand corner. Here’s Will Power in the #12 Team Penske (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 102mm, f/14, 1/1250, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A7021)Speeding down the front straight is Takuma Sato in the #14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises (right) and Tony Kanaan in the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/5, 1/2000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A1444)Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing exiting Turn 1 at speed (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 200mm, f/16, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A7100)Being near pit lane, you can also get some shots of the action over there. Here’s James Hinchcliffe in the #27 Andretti Autosport about to get some work done on his car during practice (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 100)

Saturday morning qualifying

2014 Indy Car (222A1890)For Saturday qualifying, spent time in the pit lane to get shots of the drivers. James Hinchcliffe getting out of his #27 Andretti Autosport during qualifying (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/6400, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A1897)
Will Power driver of the #12 Team Penske after qualifying (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 105mm, f/2.8, 1/6400, ISO 160)

Saturday afternoon race

2014 Indy Car (222A2273)For the Saturday afternoon race, shot the start from Grandstand 1, then got some ground level shots at Turn 1, then went over to Turn 5, before returning to the Winners Circle for the podium. Race start, with Helio Castroneves in the #3 Team Penske leading the field down the front straight (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 105mm, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2431)I think Turn 5 was my favorite corner to shoot from, since you can get front shots of the cars coming down the straight into the corner, panning shots as they go through the corner, then close front shots as they exit the corner. This is a wide shot of Turn 5 with Ryan Briscoe in the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A7738)Marco Andretti in the #25 Andretti Autosport heading into Turn 5 (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/16, 1/320, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A7752)Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske heading into Turn 5 (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/16, 1/320, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A7812)Helio Castroneves in the #3 Team Penske at Turn 5 (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2360)Saturday Race winner, Will Power in the #12 Team Penske at speed around Turn 5 (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 125mm, f/18, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2486)Tony Kanaan in the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing exiting Turn 5 (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 200mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2498)Will Power driver of the #12 Team Penske

2014 Indy Car (222A2523)Winners Circle with Graham Rahal (left, #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Will Power (center, #12 Team Penske), and Tony Kanaan (right, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing) (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 80mm, f/5, 1/3200, ISO 400, Speedlite set to high-speed sync)

2014 Indy Car (222A2538)Champagne, with Graham Rahal (left), Will Power (center), and  Tony Kanaan (right) (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 150mm, f/5, 1/8000, ISO 400, Speedlite set to high-speed sync)

Sunday afternoon race

2014 Indy Car (222A2825)For the Sunday afternoon race wanted to shoot from locations different to those I shot from the last couple of days. So decided to shoot at Turn 2, even though I was shooting into the sun; then went over to Turns  7, 11, and 12. The shot above is of Will Power in the #12 Team Penske exiting Turn 2. It was amazing how fast the IndyCars were traveling through this corner (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 200mm, f/4.5, 1/2000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2843)For something different, here’s a black and white processed shot of Sunday’s race winner, Helio Castroneves in the #3 Team Penske exiting Turn 2 (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/10, 1/320, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A8094)Looking to my left, enabled shots of the cars going down the Turn 2 to 3 straight. Here’s Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A8159)Headed over to Turn 12 so I could get shots of the cars speeding down the Turn 11 to 12 straight. Here’s Will Power in the #12 Team Penske leading a pack of cars down this straight. This was a great place where you could appreciate the speed of these cars. Also, thanks to the photographer who spray-painted the catch fencing with black paint, which enabled “shooting through the fence” easier (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/5, 1/2000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (HC7A8171) Charlie Kimball in the #83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing coming out of the shadows on the Turn 11 to 12 straight (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L IS II, f/5, 1/2000, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2980)Walked along the outside of the track to Turn 7, which has the Detroit River in the background. Here’s Justin Wilson in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing speeding through Turn 7 (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 102mm, f/16, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2911)Carlos Huertas in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing through Turn 7 with the Detroit River in the background  (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 200mm, f/7.1, 1/800, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2944)At speed with Carlos Munoz in the #34 Andretti Autosport – HVM Racing exiting Turn 7 (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/16, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Indy Car (222A2984)For some of my last on track shots of this event, wanted to see how slow I could get the shutter speed during panning. Got it down to 1/60sec with Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Will keep practicing! (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 102mm, f/29, 1/60, ISO 100)

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