Retrospective – 2014 TUSCC Prototype Practice and Paddock on the Streets of Long Beach (April 11)

Round 3 of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship (TUSCC) series on the streets of Long Beach was another event that I didn’t have time to write photo stories about earlier this year. The next few photo stories will be on the prototypes, then the GT sports cars which raced on this famous street circuit. Hope you like the photos.

The temporary street circuit is about 2 miles in length and consists of 11 turns and is situated around the Expo Center. This was my first time at this circuit, and took me a little while to get my bearings.

2014 Long Beach (222A7154)For the early morning practice session on Friday, I entered the inside of the circuit near the part of the Expo Center which overhangs Season Way, then walked along the inside of the track to the Firestone Bridge, crossed the track, then went to the outside of Turn 9. This was a great place for getting front shots of the cars entering the turn and side panning shots as they exited.  Here’s Sylvain Tremblay or Tom Long in the #70 SpeedSource Mazda Prototype (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L, f/8, 1/320, ISO 100)

2014 Long Beach (222A7158)Gustavo Yacaman or Alex Brundle in the #42 OAK Racing Nissan Morgan (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L, f/10, 1/800, ISO 100)

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Over the rumble strip with Eric Curran or Boris Said in the #31 Marsh Racing Corvette DP (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 100)

2014 Long Beach (222A7219)Ricky or Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 100)

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John Pew or Oswaldo Negri Jr. in the #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ford EcoBoost/Riley exiting Turn 9 at speed  (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 142mm, f/25, 1/80, ISO 100)

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Joao Barbosa or Christian Fittipaldi in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 145mm, f/18, 1/160, ISO 100)

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Joel Miller or Tristan Nunez in the #07 SpeedSource Mazda Prototype (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 130mm, f/16, 1/160, ISO 100)

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After the practice session went for a walk in the paddock to check out the cars being worked on by the teams. The #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b with bodywork removed (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/4, 1/125, ISO 100)

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Mechanics working on the rear-end of the #07 SpeedSource Mazda Prototype (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/5.6, 1/180, ISO 100)

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Front nose of the #70 SpeedSource Mazda Prototype (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/800, ISO 100)

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Another prototype in the garage being worked on by its crew (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 140mm, f/4, 1/125, ISO 320)

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Really liked the livery on the side of the Action Express Racing Corvette trailer (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/16, 1/320, ISO 100)

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A lovely promotional girl with a great smile (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 70mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 100)

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