Racing photographer Shawn Gritzmacher sorted through more than 6,000 still photos he shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the last few Indy 500s to produce four spellbinding minutes of stop-motion film action from those dramatic black-and-white shots.
"I wanted to create a view of the 500 that was less traditional and more intimate in its approach toward the drivers and the physical characteristics of the track," the IndyCar snapper explained.
It worked. Jurors for the Jalopnik Film Festival selected Gritzmacher's "Indianapolis" for a screening this weekend in Los Angeles, where it is sure to meet an enthusiastic reception. If you can't make to L.A., be sure to watch the film above.
Maybe next year's short film will feature Maxim-sponsored racer Graham Rahal winning the 500, following in the footsteps of his father, 1986 Indy 500 winner, Bobby Rahal.
Photos by Shawn Gritzmacher