Fun With Photos From Barber Motorsports Park
Some might wonder why I decided to post our pictures from the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on a Tuesday. The explanation is simple. We wanted to get home Sunday night. It takes time to load photos, especially when your wireless connection comes and goes as it did in the Media Center. As you can tell, we took lots (and lots) of pictures at Barber Motorsports Park. I hated to not post any of them, but we had a three hour drive in front of us – so there you go.
There was the gratuitous Ferris Wheel selfie, along with Susan sneaking a shot of me typing in the Media Center. Then there’s a sign that struck me as funny warning not to grill in the paddock area, which made me wonder if that had been a problem before. While I was tweeting that photo, Susan secretly photographed me tweeting and posted it. Our friend DZ –groundedeffects is apparently a PhotoShop whiz, because it wasn’t long before he posted what he thought I wished the sign said – knowing my hatred of dri-fit polos. That one made me laugh.
You all know what the cars look like, so I didn’t include many of the car shots. I wanted to focus on what really makes this series tick – the people. For whatever reason, Susan has decided that it has become a tradition to have my picture taken with Lauren Kanaan (Tony’s better half). She’s a good sport about it, but I sort of feel like a creepy old man. We chatted with her on the grid just before the race and got to meet their three month old son, Deco.
We strolled the grid and took various shots – and got to stand for the National Anthem just behind Scott and Emma Dixon, just after Susan snapped a great shot of Scott holding his daughter Poppy.
Beforehand, we wandered the paddock and were both glad to see many drivers taking time to chat it up with fans and sign autographs just before the race. Afterwards, we got good shots of Josef Newgarden, his team and his co-owners celebrating in Victory Lane. Then there was the post-victory selfie that Susan made with the winner. It’s funny because it was her hair that looks like it was drenched with champagne instead of his.
We are certainly not professional photographers and some were even made with our phones, but you can at least get a sense of what we saw and enjoyed. Thanks again to all that followed along this past weekend. We have more in-person race weekends coming up in the very near future.