Top 10 photos of the week: 2014-05-14

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10. In a crash-filled Grand Prix of Indianapolis, it was hard to choose between all the crash photos. This one wins out because it's the moment of impact and Martin Plowman is clearly trying to earn extra frequent flyer miles.

Martin Plowman, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda and Franck Montagny, Andretti Autosport Honda collide
Martin Plowman, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda and Franck Montagny, Andretti Autosport Honda collide

Photo by: Eric Anderson


9. A unique view of Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the flag stand. Penske duo Helio Castroneves and Will Power screaming past. There's not much that says "May" and "Indy 500" more than this image.

Will Power and Helio Castroneves
Will Power and Helio Castroneves

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson


8. We've said it before, but it bears repeating: rallying is probably the most spectacular sports photo-wise. The natural and scenic views with some incredible driving. Rally Argentina this year was a bit foggy and rainy on the final leg. More fun for everyone.

Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barrit, M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barrit, M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC

Photo by: XPB Images


7. Vaughn Gittin Jr. has a little off course excursion during the Formula Drift event at Road Atlanta. You're supposed to keep it on the tarmac, not go all Ken Block on us. This didn't keep Gittin Jr. from winning the event I might add...so he's doing something right. Great frame though.

Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Photo by: Larry Chen / formulad.com


6. This is our wildcard for the week. Something about this image speaks to us. It's a racer's racer kind of photo (minus those ugly noses unfortunately). Action, racing, teammates, marks that show drivers have gone wide there, the color of the rumble strips. It's nice.

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29 leads team mate Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-29
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29 leads team mate Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-29

Photo by: XPB Images


5. Anytime a photographer can catch another photographer's flash, the quality of the image immediately doubles. Now a somewhat bland photo becomes fabulous because someone off to the side basically acted as your assistant with some fill-flash to get the right light on the car. Part luck of course, but that doesn't make it any less of a photo because of it.

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

Photo by: Volkswagen Motorsport


4. Sparks, fire, mayhem, NASCAR.

Jamie McMurray, Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in trouble
Jamie McMurray, Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in trouble

Photo by: Action Sports Photography


3. These kinds of start shots remind us of the old and great start shots from the 80s when the grids were full (remember Thursday pre-qualifying?) so the long stream of cars going through the first few corners was always something impressive. Also note Lewis Hamilton isn't even in the frame (he'd already gone past, his start was so much better than everyone else).

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W05 at the start of the race
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W05 at the start of the race

Photo by: XPB Images


2. My Citroën jumps higher than yours.

Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

Photo by: Citroën Communication


1. This photo is so telling on many levels. Lewis Hamilton's attitude, relief, dominance, arrogance(?). He's happy, and it shows. Nice reaction photo from our friends at XPB Images.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates on the podium
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates on the podium

Photo by: XPB Images

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