Got a call to fill in for a photographer friend who was stuck on an airplane and needed someone to shoot a gig for him. I of course said sure, whatcha got. It was to provide some photos for SPEED TV’s presentation of the SPEED Performer of the Year award. Oh, and Mario Andretti will be presenting it. Are you kidding me?
Nothing more needs to be said, we all know about Mario and what he has done – He is one of only two drivers to win races in Formula One, Indy car, World Sportscar Championship, Nascar, midget cars, sprint cars and drag racing. I could go on and on and on and on but you get the point. Oh yea, and Mario tweets like it is his job! follow him @marioandretti
Ok, so I am in for this gig and I arrive at SPEED TV’s awesome Charlotte facilities not really knowing what to expect from them, not ever having worked with them before. I have quite a bit of production, set and TV experience, but each crew is different and each show has it’s own attitude. Well, these guys were awesome! I have never worked with a more accommodating and professional group. And when I was told that the winner of the award was none other than Tony Stewart, I had some apprehension. Tony has always been one of my favorite drivers but his relationship with the media has had its ups and downs, to say the least! Well again, Tony was super accommodating and very professional. He had an outstanding year in Nascar last year, won the Championship, and even won a World of Outlaws event! ( love the Outlaws! ) He is well deserving of this award!
Anyway, it all went well and I had a great time working with SPEED and meeting these two legendary drivers! Here is a quickie Instagram shot from the iphone and the shot that SPEEDTV used on their website.