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Indy 500 Festival Parade 2014 Photos, Part 3 of 5: Some of Your Qualifying Drivers

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

This year marked the fourth time my wife and I attended the Indy 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis. The next five entries (to be posted over the next three days as quickly as time and endurance permit) represent a fraction of the pics my wife and I snapped. In many cases, encores and additional takes of specific subjects may be available if anyone out there is interested in seeing more, or is looking for a loved one who was in one of the many marching bands that day. For first-time MCC visitors, please note my wife and I are relative amateurs, obviously not trained professional photographers, sharing these from a hobbyist standpoint because fun and joy.

Part One featured the singers, actors, and other celebrities who joined this year’s parade. Part Two featured glimpses of all the marching bands who rocked the streets. Here in Part Three, some of the thirty-three drivers in this year’s Indy 500. Since today was too busy for me to complete this entry before the race finished, the following is our collection of driver photos that came out least-worst, organized in the order in which they finished the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

This year’s winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay! This was his first Indy 500 victory.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Second place: Helio Castroneves!

Helio Castroneves!

Third place: Marco Andretti!

Marco Andretti!

Fourth place: Carlos Munoz!

Carlos Munoz!

Fifth place: Juan Pablo Montoya!

Juan Pablo Montoya!

So we were fortunate enough to have photographed this year’s top five finishers. Capturing all thirty-three drivers is impossible for us, but our luck got us this far into the rankings.

Anyway, onward. Seventh place: Sebastian Bourdais!

Sebastian Bourdais!

Ninth place: Sage Karam. The 19-year-old rookie started way back in 31st position and seems to have made quite the impressive leap.

Sage Karam!

Twelfth place: Simon Pagenaud.

Simon Pagenaud!

One photo, three drivers — Alex Tagliani (13th place), Takuma Sato (19th), and Pippa Mann (24th).

Tagliani Sato Mann!

A two-for-one special: Carlos Huertas (17th) and Graham Rahal (dead last due to electrical problems).

Huertas Rahal!

Ryan Briscoe, 18th place.

Ryan Briscoe!

Martin Plowman, 23rd place.

Martin Plowman!

Townsend Bell, sunk to 25th place when he lost a fight with a wall on lap 190.

Townsend Bell!

Tony Kanaan, 26th place. Still running when the race ended, but several laps behind because of fuel timing issues.

Tony Kanaan!

Pole-sitter Ed Carpenter, knocked back to 27th place by a collision.

Ed Carpenter!

James Hinchcliffe, 28th place, same collision.

James Hinchcliffe!

To be continued!

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Thanks for viewing! Other chapters in this series:

1. The Special Guests
2. Marching Bands and Other Groups
4. Floats and Balloons!
5. The Blooper Reel

For fans of Indy 500 Festival Parade history, you can also check out the MCC photo collections for 2012 and for 2013. Enjoy!

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About Randall A. Golden
Hoosier since birth, geek since age 6, father at 22, Christian at 30; launched Midlife Crisis Crossover at 39. Full-time service rep; part-time internet contributor; former message board admin; inhabits Twitter as @RandallGolden. Views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of any other corporation, being, or party line.

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