I’ve only ever attended one other IndyCar series race and that was earlier this year for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in May. So I was intrigued to shoot a race on an oval because so many of their oval races are thrilling.

While IndyCar is completely different then what I’m accustomed to in NASCAR, I’ve enjoyed the few weekends of shooting and challenging myself to think outside of the normal box I’m used too. 

This IndyCar weekend was a little different. To start, myself and my coworker with Action Sports Photography would have our flight from Atlanta to Newark, NJ cancelled because of weather. We would be placed on a delayed flight later Friday night. That flight finally took off at 11 PM but we wouldn’t make it into Newark until 5 AM Saturday morning.

After a quick driver and hour nap we headed to the track for a couple of practice sessions and qualifying for Sunday’s 500 mile race.

Sunday’s race had so many emotions for me. I was excited to shoot an oval event, but that excitement quickly turned to fear after the crash that happened just 200 yards from me. I’m not really sure how to convey what went through my mind in the seconds following the crash, I wasn’t even sure if I should photograph the aftermath, I’d never been in the position of something like that.

In the end, my thoughts are with Robert Wickens, his family, the entire IndyCar community as they head off to Gateway Motorsports Park for the last oval race of the 2018 season.

CONOR DALY (88) of the United States hangs out on pit road before his qualifying attempt for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
ED JONES (10) of the United Arab Emirates sits aboard his NTT Data, Chip Ganassi Racing car before making his qualifying attempt for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.(Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (5) of Canada looks on from pit road during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
An IndyCar Safety Worker wipes his face following a very serious crash involving Robert Wickens, Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
An IndyCar Safety Worker loads a tire following a very serious crash involving Robert Wickens, Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
Pieces of Robert Wickens car sit in the middle of the track while safety workers work to extract Wickens from his damaged car following a series crash in turn two during the opening stages of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
TONY KANAAN (14) of Brazil races his teammate Matheus Leist during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
ALEXANDER ROSSI (27) of the United States celebrates in victory lane after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)
ALEXANDER ROSSI (27) of the United States celebrates in victory lane after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Chris Owens / Action Sports Inc.)