On the Job

Chuck snapped some photos of me getting at it at work… I really needed sunglasses! Here I was snapping photos of the ethanol pump promotion and grabbing interviews with IndyCar Drivers Jeff Simmons and Sarah Fisher.


Here’s me with the director of photography from Indy… I’ll send him some pics of the race and see what he thinks.

Ethanol cart…

Well, and a bit of play too… this replica was hooked up to a video screen where you get to simulate piloting one of these awesome IndyCars!

Hot Pics From the 91st Indy 500






Shooting the race was so fun!
Here’s Danica Patrick…

Jeff Simmons…









Penske Driver Helio Castroneves…


Indy 500 champ Dario Franchitti…





Sparks after a crash involving IndyCar Driver Tony Kanaan…

Indy Addicted

I’m back home from my whirlwind Indy trip… and it was an absolute blast! I’m officially an IndyCar Racing fan for life! Getting to know Jeff Simmons really made the experience personal for me. As anticipation for the race grew, I felt giddy and full of butterflies as if I would be the one racing. It was so exhilarating. There is just no way to describe how fast those cars flash by… you simply have to experience it for yourself.

Not to mention the Indy 500 parade the day before the race was a notable event in and of itself. There were at least a dozen celebrity VIPs…

Her are some pics I caught of the parade. Indy pics to come… (Again, all LMAC originals!)














Fairytale…


The enchantment is back! Ever since I’ve been back from Italy I can’t stop raving about the country, the people, the culture, the language… my experience there was more enchanting than a fairytale and I felt so blessed. Now, it’s as if I’m caught up in yet another exciting dream! I’ve had access to an entirely different world – the world of Indy racing!

I have worked with and interviewed so many incredible people! I’ve really gotten to know IndyCar Driver Jeff Simmons because he’s the driver for the Ethanol team and that’s the cause I’m covering during this free lance gig. The young man is so engaging. He is constantly put in this huge spotlight and he simply opens up to his audience – invariably with lightning flash wit – and within seconds has his entire audience in the palm of his hand. But, Jeff is so humble and accommodating. It’s so refreshing to see a more or less super star be so down-to-earth!

There’s another absolutely engaging man I’ve gotten to know. His name is Tom Holm. In the past he’s hosted a television series on Outdoor Living called Adventure Highway The series represents everything I’ve ever dreamed of for my career in broadcast journalism. Travel, adventure, nature… everything! Now, he’s working on a series that both Discovery and National Geographic are making a bid for. It’s another adventure type show, but it’s all centered around the new buzz for ethanol fuel. He’s doing some really exciting shows… can’t wait to check em’ out when they’re finished! We’ve thrown around ideas about me getting involved in various ways… I pray that those opportunities really will come to fruition!

Tonight, there was a media dinner at this absolutely posh restaurant. CNN, New York Times, CBS, Discovery, U.S. Farm Bureau… they were all there. Somehow… I ended up being invited to sit at THE VIP table with Jeff Simmons and former IndyCar Driver Bobby Rahal. We’re talking an event with at least 45 prominent media guests and the next thing I know, I’m one of 8 dining with Simmons, Rahal and his wife, the Discovery guy (Tom Holm), the Yahoo Sports writer and a couple of ethanol guys. Tom and I were pretty much like, “Man… this is too cool!” In case you don’t know, Bobby Rahal is a MAJOR big wig in the auto biz. His wife is also the woman who originally marketed and sponsored Danica Patrick (the popular female driver in the series). But, Rahal and his wife were just like Jeff. Incredibly down-to-earth and engaging. They both have lived in Europe and pretty much share many of my sentiments about European lifestyle and culture. It was simply a collection of some really amazing people! I feel so blessed!

On a final note… I tried my hand at capturing IndyCars in motion during their practice runs. At speeds of 200+ (on race day it’ll be 230+), it can be difficult to snap an upclose pic and actually capture the car within the frame. But, even if you succeed at that, often times you freeze too much of the motion and it just looks like the car is at a standstill. The trick to a great pic is to get the car crisp, clear and sharp, but capture the wheels and the background in a blur to show the motion of the car. For my first shoot, I did alright. Some pics actually managed to get some blur action going on. I definitely need improvement, but I think I’m off to a good start…

I also snapped some pics of the pit stop challenge. Helio Castroneves and his Penske crew won the challenge for the second straight year. They managed to set a record too. There are tons… here are a few… not particularly the best. Just a few I pulled. Let me know what you all think! (And yes, every pic on this post is an LMAC original!)




Pit Stop


I wish! But I did get to jump in the hot seat of one of the replica Ethanol cars. The one thing that surprised all of us who tried it on for size was just how tight the seat of those cars are molded to the drivers’ body. Makes sense, though. Those cars bump and grind – and sometimes roll into a fireball – I wouldn’t want to banging around! When I jumped in that seat though, the desire to simply rev the engines and hit the track doing 230+ welled up within me. It’s definitely on my list of things to do now…

I Am Indy…


…well not technically. The premium badges that give you the I-have-the-right-to-go-anywhere-so-don’t-you-dare-ask-me-any-questions are the “I Am Indy” badges. I don’t have that. But, I do have access that lets me go pretty much anywhere I want to go, including the garage and the pit. Pretty sweet! Yesterday, I covered “pump promotions” for EPIC, the Ethanol Information and Promotional Council. GasAmerica was offering E10 gas for $2.25 a gallon. With gas as high as $3.60… it was a good deal and there certainly was a consumer frenzy. Part of my coverage included interviews with IndyCar Drivers Jeff Simmons, Sarah Fisher and Scott Sharp. Check it out!

Start Your Bumping…!!!


I’m off to cover the races… the INDY 500 RACES BABY!!!! Long story short, my last day at Missourinet was Friday. My first official free lance gig starts Tuesday… when I hit the road and speed off to Indianapolis for the 91st Indianapolis 500! I’ll be working with Zimmcomm New Media covering events and races for about a week.

Queen of the Dance…

Okay, I originally just shared the following story with my mom and one friend… but then another friend sent me a vid out of the blue that just totally corresponded… I thought the coincidence was amusing. So, I’ve decided to share my little story and the vid:

I just realized what a strange cat I really am… so… I have the black ballet type shoes on… in the studio at work the hard soles kind of clicked when I walked and the sound is great in the studios… so, of course, I had to start tap dancing and see just how fast I could get those clicks in… then I look over… and Derry Brownfield (a top dog at Learfied – owner of Brownfield Ag news) is just pointing at me with his mouth open… like, is this girl possessed?! I couldn’t help but chuckle… probably looked like I was having a seizure or something!

When I got back to my desk, I decided it was a goal of mine to enroll in some tap dancing classes. Then, an unknowing friend sent this video out of the blue! The dancers are Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. The year: 1940. The narrator’s voice is Frank Sinatra’s. It was filmed in ONE unedited camera shot. It is considered by many as the best dance scene ever filmed.

The Man I Marry…

…must be a man who rocks out at his own wedding Thriller style!! (disclaimer: comparable sustitutes are allowed.) But seriously, how awesome is this??