St. Peters, MO – The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association announced the winners of its 2017 Nationwide Media Contest. Presented for excellence in motorsports journalism, photography, broadcasting and books, the annual contest selects the top three entries for each of the 22 categories.

“LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth was recognized seven times: 4 First Place spots, 2 Second Place slots and 1 Third Place nod. All first places were for magazine writing: Feature, News, and a pair in the always-tough Technical categories. Demonstrating her indomitable competitive spirit to delve into several competition segments, her business reporting covered Road Racing and the red-hot emerging Electric Racing. Noeth’s photography showcased three racing sectors: Land Speed, INDYCAR and Drag Racing.

Of particular note, women journalists dispatched all contenders in the Magazine Technical category, swept the online technical category.

“I am well pleased that we gals dominated the Online Technical Report category” said Noeth. “It’s more than simply liking racing, it’s KNOWING racing with all of its nuances and energized competitors that makes for a grand challenge when tackling the tech stuff. Way to go ladies!

And about my action photo sequence pacing Chris “The Golden Greek” Karamesines as he vigorously overcooked his top fuel engine in 3 seconds. My ability to capture the flaming, smoke-belching drama was a fluke imaged on my smartypants phone. All 65 slices were got whilst being bathed in the noxious nitro cascade. This was done with a phone people, a stinking phone, and one so new that I had no idea that keeping my finger depressed on what passes for a shutter button meant the technological beast kept firing. I discovered the images – all in focus – about an hour later rolling through the captures in the NHRA/Gateway press room. What a pro, eh?

To read the winning entries, please click on the links below.

Clicking on any of the photos will enlarge them for full-screen viewing.

NHRA, INDY and Gateway Motorsports Park! I appreciate your support!



Magazine Feature

“Rev Up Revenue in the Road Racing Market”
Performance Racing Industry Magazine

Magazine Technical

“Digging Into the Latest Dyno Developments”
Performance Racing Industry Magazine

Online Media Technical Report

“Energy-Efficient Racing: A Blistering Future Pace”
Performance Racing Industry Magazine

Magazine News

“Seven Key Developments in EV Racing
Performance Racing Industry Magazine


Print Photography Action

“Saving the Bonneville Salt Flats”
Save the Salt: SEMA

Online Media Photo-Action

“Top Fuel Saganaki: Destruction in Three Seconds”


Online Media Photo – People

“Tony Kaanan’s Hot Afternoon Pitstop”

TOP FUEL SAGANAKI Copyright 2017 Louise Ann Noeth | All Rights Reserved


Tony Kaanan’s Hot Pit Stop Copyright 2017 Louise Ann Noeth | All Rights Reserved


Saving the Bonneville Salt Flats Copyright 2017 Louise Ann Noeth | All Rights Reserved

Some see a tail section, I see marvel at its artistry.

This coming Saturday, not only will another winner snag points in the IndyCar series, but Gateway Motorsports Park will make its public mark as a viable, safe high-speed banked oval in the United States. Owner Curtis Francois doled out a bundle to repair and resurface the track to attract the series. It is money well spent.

Graham Rahal exits the pits

The once derelict facility has risen to first class prominence with the ability to host a NHRA Drag Racing National event, NASCAR Truck Racing and now the IndyCar Series – all in little over 5 years.

As a motorsports photojournalist for the past 30 years it is very rare in the USA to see this level of competence. There have been plenty of new tracks that burst onto the scene with big boastful claims, yet few blossom while burning through wads of investors cash and begging concessions for the local governments. Francois has kept his head down and worked diligently to shape this facility into a first-class facility. All the pros I talk to privately are impressed with the place, its operation and the evocative community vibe that resonates.

Hinch looks for any speed inch

Hello Castroneves has told me where he expects to see a lot of lead-changing passing for Saturday’s race and since he won the last Indy race at Gateway 14 years ago, I’m inclined to think he is not pulling my leg.

Here’s a look at what I saw, what turned my head and I expect more to come. Click on an image for a bigger look. Soak it up.   – LandSpeed Louise

Balancing the car requires a tedious, deliberate march of measurements taken , tweaked and rechecked all around the car.

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Tony Kanaan enter Turn 1

The “‘stones” of speed

How hot is it  Tony?

Rahal feels out the GMP racing surface prior to upgrades

Sometimes parts are obstinate.

Car is ready. Driver Ready. Team Ready. So it starts to rain.

Harvey Firestone would be delighted and astonished at how far his rubber has rolled.

Today speed is found on a screen before it is realized on a track.

A bit more work than a pitstop.

Relentless attention to details builds champions.

Takumo Sato’s suspension according A J Foyt’s brain trust.

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