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2016 IndyCar Teams = Fastest cars I’ve shot

“What’s the fastest car you’ve photographed?” is a phrase I hear a lot given my profession. Well here you go everybody, a plethora of top-tier IndyCars. “Fastest car” can be taken in many different ways, such as 0-60mph, 1/4 mile, mountain roads, dirt roads, ovals, street circuits and (my favorite) road circuits to name a few. Some cars are set up for 1/4 mile, some are set up for going only left around an oval… you get the point. The unique thing about IndyCar is they race on high speed ovals, street circuits, AND road circuits… making it one of the more diverse racing series in the world. Races like the famous Indy 500 are insane. The 30+ cars racing inches away from each other reach speeds up to 230mph around a 2.5 mile oval, drawing the world’s largest 1-day crowd of 400,000. Four. Hundred. Thousand. PEOPLE.

So without further ado, here are some finished images, and BTS of the Ed Carpenter Fuzzy’s Vodka, Team Penske Verizon, and Andretti Autosport hhgregg teams. Therefore meaning I had the EXTREME pleasure of meeting Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, and Carlos Muñoz… because fast cars are nothing without fast drivers.

Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Josef Newgarden & Ed Carpenter - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Team Shot - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Will Power - Team Penske Verizon

Will Power - Team Penske Verizon

Juan Pablo Montoya & Will Power - Team Penske Verizon

Juan Pablo Montoya & Will Power - Team Penske Verizon

Juan Pablo Montoya - Team Penske Verizon

Will Power - Team Penske Verizon

Juan Pablo Montoya - Team Penske Verizon

Macro Andretti - Andretti Autosport

Macro Andretti's helmet

Macro Andretti - Andretti Autosport

Macro Andretti - Andretti Autosport

Carlos Muñoz - Andretti Autosport

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hhgregg IndyCar being towed into position

Marco Andretti posing all fancy

Finished sign cards, and Carlos Muñoz striking a Zoolander

Wrangling the Phase One for the next shot at Penske

Phase One tethered during the Penske shoot

Tiled floors = good for symmetry

Josef and Ed posing like Armageddon hero astronauts

Yup! Looks good to me

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before / after

Before/After - Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Before/After - Josef Newgarden & Ed Carpenter - Ed Carpenter Fuzzy's Vodka

Before/After - Juan Pablo Montoya & Will Power - Team Penske Verizon

Before/After - Juan Pablo Montoya - Team Penske Verizon

Before/After - Macro Andretti - Andretti Autosport

Before/After - Macro Andretti - Andretti Autosport

All three IndyCar assignments were shot on-location ranging from Alabama, Charlotte, and (of course) Indianapolis. Not all locations were perfect straight out of the camera, so a little photoshop massaging was in order to make these hero images look larger than life. MUCHO thanks to my beer-loving assistants Jonathan Durango, Jeremy Cliff, Paweł Dmytrów, and Andrew Donnan.