Race three of the Verizon Indy Car series started around 1.30 pm on the streets of Long Beach under beautiful blue skies. After 80 laps, Scott Dixon in the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet won the race. Helio Castroneves in the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet was second and Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet was third. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2015 – Indy Car Race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Apr 17 to 19)”
The pre-race festivities before each Indy Car race are an exciting time for race fans to walk the front straight and pit lane, get close to the cars being prepared for the race, and to see the drivers at the race day introductions. The pre-race at Long Beach was no exception. Hope you like the photos.
The Indy Car qualifying session was held mid-afternoon, and Helio Castroneves in the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet was fastest with a time of 01:06.63 at a top speed of 106.33 mph. Second fastest was Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet, then Scott Dixon in the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Hope you like the photos.
The Saturday Indy Car practice session was held mid-morning and lasted for 45 minutes in preparation for the afternoon qualifying. After this final practice session, Josef Newgarden in the #67 CFH Racing Chevrolet was fastest, followed by Simon Pagenaud in the #22 Team Penske Chevrolet, and Gabby Chaves in the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Honda. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2015 – Indy Car Saturday Practice at the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Apr 17 to 19)”
The third round of the Indy Car series was held on the streets of Long Beach, California. The practice sessions were held over Friday and Saturday. Josef Newgarden in the #67 CFH Racing Chevrolet topped the practice sessions with a best time of 01:07.8940 and speed of 104.351 mph. Simon Pagenaud in the #22 Team Penske Chevrolet was second fastest, and third fastest was Gabby Chaves in the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Honda. First up are the practice sessions on Friday. Hope you like the photos.
The last part of my 2014 year in motorsports photography will focus on the second half of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season, as well as Indy Car, and races held at Lime Rock Park. As I reflect back, I think wow, what a great experience and learning opportunity this was. Thanks again to those who gave me the chance and helped me through the year. Looking forward to the 2015 season and the second year of my “apprenticeship”. Hope you like the photos.
At this time of year its natural to look back at what you have done, reflect on lessons learnt, be thankful for what you have, and look forward to next year. In some ways 2014 was the first year of my motorsports photography “apprenticeship”. I learnt a lot this year in terms of refining technique, seeing “light and shadows”, composition, and planning. But most importantly, it was experiencing what happens behind the scenes at race car events and meeting the people who make these events happen. Was lucky to have experienced different race series from sprint and endurance sportscar racing to open wheel racing. Special thanks to my wife who let me go away on my race car photography weekends, GTSport Racing, Motorsport.com, North American Sportscar, other photographers, race organizers and staff who helped me this year. Here’s part one of my motorsports photography year. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2014 Sebring to Lime Rock Park – Part One of My Motorsport Photography Year”
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.
The Saturday qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Sonoma was taken by Will Power with a fastest lap of 1 minute and 17.4 seconds. Josef Newgarden was second fastest and Scott Dixon third. Was an exciting qualifying session. Hope you like the photos.
The beautiful Sonoma Raceway is located at Sears Point in the Sonoma Mountains in California. This road circuit is about 2.5 miles in length, with 12 turns, and elevation changes of about 160 feet. Even though the on-track action was exciting, the weekend would be remembered for the earthquake that occurred. Despite this intervention by “Mother Nature”, the race went ahead as scheduled. Scott Dixon won the race, with Ryan Hunter-Reay placing second, and Simon Pagenaud coming third. Hope you like the photos.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a 13 turn, 2.4 mile road circuit situated near Lexington in Mid-Ohio. The Honda Indy GP was held at this track, with the “Master of Mid-Ohio”, Scott Dixon winning for the fifth time. Sebastien Bourdais placed second and James Hinchcliffe took third. This was a great track to photograph at with all the elevation changes and natural terrain. Hope you like the shots.
Was a busy motorsport photography year. Because of this, I missed posting photo stories for some of the Indy Car Series races. The next couple of posts will be on the races I missed posting. First up is the Honda Indy Toronto. Hope you like the photos.
At the Detroit Belle Isle GP, IndyCar held races on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as practice and qualifying sessions. This was a very busy and exciting weekend for IndyCar. Here’s a selection of shots from the race weekend. Hope you like the photos.
For the last part of the IndyCar race, photographed Turn 17 from the inside of the track near the “Spider”, then went to the podium area for shots of the winner and place-getters. Was a great few days at the GP of Alabama, and must thank the pro photographers, track safety marshals, staff, and fans who helped me. Here’s some shots of the winners and other placeholders. Hope you like the photos.
After photographing the start of the race near the Turn 4 to 5 hill and early race action along the Turn 11 to 12 straight, walked along the straight to Turn 12 for some 3/4 front shots of the IndyCars as they sped through the slight Turn 12 corner. After shooting there, walked back to the Turn 4 to 5 area for shots of the cars coming over the hill and down into Turns 5 and 6. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2014 Part 2 – Indy Car Race at GP of Alabama (Apr 27)”
The start of the IndyCar race on Sunday afternoon was delayed due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. The weather was so severe that organizers advised everyone to find shelter in permanent structures. However, the storms cleared after a couple of hours and the 100-minute timed race started with 23 cars on a wet track. After 69 laps, Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race driving the #28 DHL Andretti Autosport, with Marco Andretti in the #25 Snapple Andretti Autosport runner up, and Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing placing third. Hope you like the photos.
For the afternoon qualifying session went to the Turn 1 to 2 complex to shoot the cars as they speed down the front straight, into Turn 1, then up through the hill straight into Turn 2. This is a great spot to see IndyCars navigate elevation changes at the track. During the end of the qualifying session, walked over to the pit area to get photos of Will Power, who took pole position with a time of 01:08.3120 at an average speed of 121 mph, driving the #12 Team Penske. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2014 Indy Car Qualifying at GP of Alabama (Apr 26)”
For Saturday morning practice decided to walk the pit lane for photos of drivers, teams, cars being serviced etc. Was also a good opportunity to rest, since the afternoon would be very busy with the qualifying session. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2014 Indy Car at Saturday Morning Practice at GP of Alabama (Apr 26)”
For the Friday afternoon practice session went back to the “spider” infield area that I photographed from in the morning, since really liked the variety of photographs you can get from this location. Hope you like the photographs. Continue reading “2014 Indy Car Friday Afternoon Practice at GP of Alabama (Apr 25)”
The GP of Alabama was held at the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama (http://barbermotorsports.com/higpa-home.php). This was the first time I’d been to this track, and with the help of other photographers and staff, found some great vantage points to photograph the cars on this beautiful road course. What I really liked about this track were the elevation changes and differences in backgrounds for framing the cars in photographs. Continue reading “2014 IndyCar Friday Morning Practice at GP of Alabama (Apr 25)”