Headcase – IndyCar Driver Helmets for Pattern Magazine

In honor of race weekend I had to make this post. I had a super fun opportunity to photograph 8 IndyCar helmets for Pattern’s seventh issue! I’m in love the story behind each drivers design, sharing their heritage, family and partnerships. Text below by Kathy Kightlinger, featured in Pattern Issue No. 7.

Client: Pattern – PatternIndy.com 

Thanks to: IndyCar – IndyCar.com

Pippa Mann

Mann loves the clean lines of her helmet design – so much so that the look of her first helmet is similar to the one she has now, except the original was mostly blue. But, after her father said he couldn’t pick her out of a crowd on race day, she switched the primary color to red, so she would stand out. That red design, and the clean swooping lines, formed the basis for her logo and brand, which remained unchanged for almost a decade. In May 2014, Mann made a significant decision to exchange the red of her helmet for pink in support of Susan G. Komen. She doesn’t think she’ll ever make the switch back to red.


Marco Andretti

Andretti’s helmet reflects design elements from his family of racing royals, including his father Michael and his grandfather, Mario. Mario raced in a silver helmet with “Andretti” on its side. Then, when Viceroy became Mario’s sponsor, he added a red stripe on top of the helmet to match the brand’s packaging and added blue tips to it. When Marco began racing, he adopted Mario’s design with some changes made by Michael – an American flag along the cheeks – and swapped the red and blue colors on the top. Then, as another signature design element, Marco added a face stripe in 2013.


Tony Kanaan

When Tony Kanaan was a child, he wished for long, flowing hair that he could tuck behind his ears. Unfortunately, Kanaan’s hair was uncooperative. When he started go-karting, he cleverly solved his hairstyle problem by requesting a helmet design that emulated flowing locks. Today, Kanaan’s helmet design is essentially unchanged except for the color scheme and the addition of his son Leo’s actual handprints on the back of the helmet.


Helio Castroneves

Castroneves wore the “Yellow Submarine” helmet during the 2014 racing season. The iconic design was identical to the one worn by Indy 500 champ Rick Mears. Castroneves nearly joined Mears in the esteemed group of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners, but, after a thrilling race with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps, Hunter- Reay passed the checkered flag first.


Charlie Kimball

Kimball’s helmet design is based on that of Austrian Formula One driver Gerhard Berger, but it includes some patriotic twists. Kimball liked the geometry of the F1 driver’s helmet design, but when it came to the color scheme, Kimball incorporated red, white, and blue so his nationality was apparent when he raced in Europe.


Simon Pagenaud

The helmet Pagenaud wore in the 2014 Indy 500 celebrates the life of his hero, iconic three-time Formula One Champion Ayrton Senna. Its design is a unique blend of Senna’s and Pagenaud’s trademark red schemes. In late 2014, Pagenaud auctioned the race-worn helmet for charity, raising $12,300 for the Ayrton Senna Institute benefiting children’s literacy in Brazil.


Will Power

A proud native of Toowoomba, Australia, 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power displays the Australian flag prominently on his helmet. Power became the first Australian to win a major international motorsports title since 1980.


Josef Newgarden

Unlike a lot of drivers, Newgarden’s helmet design is ever-changing. California-based helmet designer Brett King is a friend of Newgarden’s so they work together to create new looks. Newgarden does have one ever- present design element – the initials and birthdates of his car’s mechanics. He says he proudly wears the markings so he has everyone in the car with him when he races.


450 North Brewing Co

Project Details: Capturing new can design for portfolio usage.

Clients: CODO Design & 450 North Brewing

Assistant: Elese Hacker

Thoughts: After photographing the overall design on each of the four cans we decided to have some fun with the Scarecrow IPA and created an action pouring shot. Once winter hits in full force and business slows down a bit we will photograph the remaining 3 cans to complete the pouring set.

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So I’m a little behind the blog thing.. It’s been an amazing emotional roller coaster trip this year! Lots going on that will take some time to process.. A lot of late nights and long conversations to sort through the events of the day/week.

Here is one story though!

Tuesday, at basketball before we started to hand out the prints, Tony introduced me to the group. After he said my name and I walked to the front the principal looked around and said ‘¿Donde su esposa?’ The teens erupted in whoops, hollers and cheers wanting to know where Stephanie was! This made a huge impact on me because Steph didn’t make it to basketball this year, they remembered us from last year!

I have always been curious about the impact we are making here in Guatemala. I trust that the Lords work is being done, but struggle with not being able to see the effects. To hear from a local that we have only met once or twice in years past that we are remembered and missed made me tear up a little! No matter what our role is here in Guatemala, we are making ripples and spreading the love of The Lord!



Part of our mission here in Guatemala is doing basketball camps (which you already know..). This mission takes place at local schools (again, which you already know :). This is an odd thought because in the states this would never happen! People coming into a school from another country who want to take over the entire population and preach the gospel. Another strike against us is being in a soccer culture. This doesn’t seem to matter to the children though! They absolutely love hanging out with us in the crazy heat and throwing a ball around.

When we arrived at the school we noticed there were no nets and a good quarter of the court was covered in dirt. Quickly the team got out our replacement nets and grabbed brooms and shovels and got to work. Within half an hour the court was cleared and ready to go! Most of the team split into groups and started coaching their stations, a few of the team members and I broke off and set up base camp for some portraits. As the children worked their way from station to station they came and got their photo taken. Thanks to our Epson PictureMate we were able to print their images out on the spot and present everyone with their photograph at the end of the event. In a culture that doesn’t see many photographs of themselves, this is a huge deal to get a portrait for free! We are all very happy that we are able to provide such a simple (in America) task for them to brighten their day!



Stephanie and I woke up to see the sunrise this morning and witnessed more than we anticipated! We were sitting by the lake enjoying the mountains and the beautiful painting forming in the sky, when we felt a little rumble. It felt the same as a furnace starting up in a old home, and gradually got stronger and stronger. I looked at Steph and said ‘I think it’s an earthquake!’ Just after that, the ground started shaking more and more. It shook to the point where the sidewalk was shifting from the stone wall next to it! Thankfully it only lasted 10-15 seconds, but it was a long 15 seconds! After the shaking stopped we heard some distant rumbling and said a quick prayer that it was an echo we were hearing vs a landslide. Praise The Lord there was no damage at the Promised Land other than a lot of dust from walls creaking and a bunch of cranky team members that were awakened at 5:30! They were all grateful however to witness the remainder of the sunrise.
At breakfast we learned that it was a 7.0 on the Richter scale! The second largest Pastor Luis remembers! A few walls did fall in the city, but we have not heard of any serious injuries to anyone in town.

The rest of the day was a little hectic because of the earthquake. We had originally planed to do basketball camps at 2 schools, but they cancelled classes due to a power outage. Fortunately there was a gym close by that had a basketball court we were able to use for our camp.

All in all it was a very successful day! Many who attended our basketball camps accepted the Lord into their lives! Despite the shaky start, the day ended very positive.




Lazy Sunday here in Guatemala. After breakfast we went to visit the family we will be building a home for. Although the entire family was not able to meet us, we met the father, Rafael. His family is currently living with his parents along with 3 brothers, a lot of people in tight quarters. A recipe for disaster in America, but here it is very normal. Rafael was in tears thanking God that we have been blessed enough to make the journey to assist his family. We are honored beyond belief to be able to provide a home for his family. Our team alone cannot take the credit for this project though. Its through the many family and friends who helped us raise the support for Rafael’s house and giving us the prayer support we need to have the courage and energy to make the build a possibility!

This evening we went to a service at Ebenezer church. It was a fantastic experience! I understood about 5 words of the worship and sermon, but seeing our brothers and sisters in Christ worship in their language spoke for itself. The service as a whole was split between the local ministry team and our visiting teams. We sang a few songs to the congregation as a special music session, and I gave a quick testimony of how the Lord is using my life. In a nutshell I spoke on how I felt lead to pursue photography and how it has lead to many conversations about my faith and gives me the time and energy to pursue working overseas. Selfishly I really enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. But honestly really feel like that is also what gives the Lord joy. Serving God doesn’t mean you need to sell all of your belongings and pursue a lifestyle that doesn’t match where you currently reside. I believe that as long as you are praying about decisions before you make them and trusting your heart, than your desires will align with the Lords Will for your life and put you exactly where you need to be ministering.


Visiting Poacorral

Arriving in Guatemala yesterday was like coming home. Pastor Luis and Tony picked us up from the airport and hugs were very quickly exchanged. After starting the night in Guatemala City we pack the bus and make our way across the country to Lake Atitlan.

Along the way we stopped at Poacorral, a very poor village at the top of a mountain. At 12,000 ft elevation, 75% of each day is spent surrounded in fog which makes it a surprisingly chilly village to live in. It seems like most of the people living here have vitamin B deficiency due to the lack of sun. There are not a lot of smiles and very little laughter around the village. Poacorral is full of refugees who were pulled from the coast during various natural disasters. Due to the elevation making a living farming is difficult and travel to another village for work is cumbersome and very time consuming.

While we were here we did a short VBS and craft for the children and afterwards set up to do a Happy Feet (shoe distribution) Ministry. Despite the depressing atmosphere of Poacorral, our VBS and Happy Feet ministry created many smiles and laughter! Some of the people we befriended made it a point to thank us in English, which is rare for us to hear. Although communication was sketchy (most people in Poacorral do not speak Spanish, rather they speak an older Mayan dialect), we felt like the love of our Lord was revealed to over 400 people this afternoon!