The reason I’m in Japan is because of the race at Twin Ring Motegi, so I’d be in contempt if I didn’t at least mention it.
Growing up, some of my favorite drivers were Japanese. And when my parents owned a race team in the 1990’s, they had a couple of Japanese drivers race for them – Hideki Noda and Shigeaki Hattori – both of which won in Indy Lights. So let’s just say I’ve always had a soft spot for Japanese drivers.
Of course, it’s an honor to actually come here as a professional and experience this event first hand. My role for this race is part web support and part photographic support. And I’ve taken a good number of pics, including the one below. It’s quickly become a favorite of mine.
I consider it an honor to photograph any IndyCar or Indianapolis Motor Speedway event. I never take this privilege lightly or for granted. To have access and the freedom to shoot at these venues, is an incredible gift. It brings me a lot of happiness to explore these race tracks (some of which my father visited in his career) as a professional – documenting moments or providing my own interpretation. It’s hard to believe sometimes.
So this weekend, in a very hot Japan, I’ve explored the facility looking for shots I consider worthy for race fans, colleagues, sponsors, teams and drivers. I’m inexperienced as a photographer, but I can honestly say that a lot of thought goes into every photo I publish. Each one means a lot to me.
I’ve included a sampling of some shots so far. Please enjoy my jet lagged point of view. From Motegi, Japan.
Truer words were never spoken regarding the honor and privilege of shooting Indy Car events and shooting at the IMS UP CLOSE as well. Hallowed ground…….amd I take the courtesey of access as a wonderful gift!