Retrospective – 2014 Grand Prix of Sonoma (August 24)

Will Power started on pole position and led for about a third of the race, but took a spin on lap 40, which cost him several positions. Two laps from the end of the 85 lap race, Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi passed Mike Conway and went on to win, with Ryan Hunter-Reay finishing second, and  Simon Pagenaud third. Hope you like the photos.


2014 Sonoma (Race start)

2014 Sonoma (Race start crash)

2014 Sonoma (Race start crash)Decided to cover the start of the race from the top of the track above the spectator area so could capture the cars as they raced up the hill into Turn 2. Here’s a couple of shots from the start, which includes the mid-field collision between Ryan Briscoe in the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing and Sebastien Bourdais in the #11 KVSH Racing (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 98mm, f/16, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (HC7A5978)After the race start, walked down the outside of the track to Turn 2 to get shots of the cars speeding through this uphill right-hander. Here’s, top qualifier Will Power in the #12 Team Penske leading Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing through this corner  (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 280mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (HC7A5987)

Takuma Sato in the #14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 280mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (222A9633)Continued my walk down the hill to get shots of the cars speeding up the Turn 1 to 2 hill, with the GoPro Pavillon and Sonoma hills in the background (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 50mm f/1.2L, f/11, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (HC7A5633)Mikhail Aleshin in the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports leading a pack of cars up the Turn 1 to 2 hill (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 105mm, f/4, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (HC7A5652)This was a good place to get panning shots of the top three race finishers. First up is race winner Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 200mm, f/14, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (HC7A5667)Next is second place winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #28 Andretti Autosport (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 180mm, f/14, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (HC7A5679)And now, third place winner Simon Pagenaud in the #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 165mm, f/14, 1/200, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (222A9647)

 

On my way down to the podium, saw a great view of the front straight grand stand and Sonoma Valley in the background (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 50mm f/1.2L, f/9, 1/400, ISO 100)

2014 Sonoma (222A9640)Scott Dixon and his team celebrate winning the GP of Sonoma (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 50mm f/1.2L, f/8, 1/3200, ISO 400)

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