The 65th annual running of the 12 Hours of Sebring and second round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship was held on March 18. The #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac DPi with Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, and Alexander Lynn took top honors after 12 hours of racing. For this blog I’ve chronicled my race day experiences to give to you an idea what’s its like to be here from morning to night. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2017 – Day to Night at the 12 Hours of Sebring (Mar 18)”
Friday practice for the 65th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring was held under beautiful blue skies. This was my first race for 2017, and was very excited to be here for this classic sports car endurance race. Hope you like the photos.
The 12 Hours of Sebring started under overcast skies on Saturday March 19th at Sebring International Raceway. Over the course of this endurance race we experienced sun, rain, light, and dark. This blog is about my experience covering the race from the spectator side of the fence. Hope you like the photos.
The 64th annual running of the 12 Hours of Sebring was held on Saturday March 19th at Sebring International Raceway. Over the course of this classic endurance race we experienced sun, rain, light, and dark. We also witnessed how the overall winning team won there second consecutive race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship taking the so-called 36 Hours of Florida. This blog is about my experience at the “12 hours of Sebring” (actually about 15 hours) from the spectator side of the fence. First up is morning warm-up and the paddock. Hope you like the photos.
Friday was my second day at Sebring International Raceway. For the morning sessions, headed over to the outside of the front straight near the entry to Turn 1. For the rest of the day explored the inside of Turns 16 through 14, then cut over to the outside of Turns 2 to 4 in the afternoon. Was a good day to explore the circuit with all the track action ranging from Porsche GT3 Cup and Continental Tire Challenge races to the WeatherTech Championship practice and qualifying sessions. Hope you like the photos.
After a long winter hiatus, it was great to get back to the race track last week for the 12 Hours of Sebring and to catch up with friends. This event is held at Sebring International Raceway which is one of America’s classic sportscar racing tracks with 17 turns over a length of about 3.7 miles. Its been a couple of years since I last visited this track, and was glad to make it back for the 12 Hour race. The next few blogs will be about my daily experiences at the track and what its like to get photographs from the spectator side of the fence. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2016 – Day 1 at Sebring International Raceway (Mar 17)”
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”
Turn 1 (inside turn from Turn One Club, mid-afternoon)
By mid-afternoon started to get hungry so walked over to the Audi Turn One Club for a late lunch and sat in a small Grandstand which was right next to the inside of the apex of Turn 1. This was a great place to be very close to the cars, but taking photos of the cars was very challenging since it was a blind corner. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 3)”
After watching the start of the race I decided to walk over to the outside of Turn 1. This is where a chance meeting led to a great photographic opportunity. On the way I stopped at a restroom, then as I was leaving the restroom, put my camera backpack on a Golf cart to organize my gear. As I was doing this, the gentleman who owned the Golf cart asked “where was I going?” I mentioned I was on my way to Turn 1, so he said, “I’ll take you there”. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 2)”
Got up early and got to the track around 9 am. Drove through Gate 1 and parked at the Audi Corral overflow car park (thanks again to the Audi fan who gave me a spare parking permit). On race day its very hard to find a general parking area and would recommend parking in the overflow parking area through Gate 3 if you don’t have access to car corrals. I had the day all planned in terms of which track location I would be at, what time of day etc. Had planned to shoot the start of the race between the inside straight between Turns 2 and 3 to get front shots of the cars speeding down the straight and bunched up (like I did last year). However, as you know, all the planning gets “thrown out the window” when you are on site, and in this case it led to some great photographic opportunities, which I’ll expand later in this positing. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 1)”
For the ALMS qualifying sessions I walked from the Audi Turn One Club to the inside of Turn 3 to 4 areas since the afternoon sun would be at my back and would be illuminating the side and front of the cars facing me. I used the 300mm with 2x extender to get tight shots of the cars exiting Turn 3 and going into Turn 4. Tried to shoot as low as possible 3/4 front shots of the cars to give them depth and to capture some of the spectators in the background. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 15, part 3)”
Before attending the race I found out that Audi of America were offering an opportunity to participate in the Audi Motorsport Experience at Sebring, and to quote from their website (www.audimotorsportexperience.com) “…. as a special Farewell to Sebring …. to show appreciation for all of our special Audi fans who have cheered us on through many Sebring victories ….”. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 15, part 2)”
Today was to be long and exciting day with many great photography opportunities on track and in the paddock. Was also fortunate enough to participate in the Audi Motorsport Experience, which I’ll talk about in Part 2 of the March 15 posting. For easy access to Turn 6, drove the car through Gate 1 and parked in the general parking area near the Walkover bridge and the Party Zone. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 15, part 1)”
The 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Sebring, Florida, USA) would be a special race since it would be the last time the ALMS race at this track before next years merger with Grand-AM to form the United Sportscar Racing series. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 14)”