Like a lot of race fans, its been a while since I have been to a race track to see a motorsport event. It’s great that things have been getting better, which has allowed spectators to return to the race track. The last time I’d been to Lime Rock Park was in July 2019, so you could imagine how excited I was to be able to return to Lime Rock Park for the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic. Hope you like the photos.
It’s a little late, but as they say “better late than never”. For my last blog of the year, its a look back at the WeatherTech Championship GT cars at Lime Rock Park earlier this year. Since this is a quick blog, their won’t be many words. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2019 Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park (Jul 19)”
A couple of weekends ago went to Lime Rock Park for the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic. It was great to see and hear the roar of muscle cars including Camaro’s and Mustang’s. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2019 Trans Am at Lime Rock Park (May 24)”
Last weekend the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) were at Lime Rock Park for the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic. This weekend was the season opener for this race track as well as the first motorsport event of the year for me. Hope you like the photo’s.
The Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park was held over the Memorial Day weekend. This was an action-packed weekend with a total of six races from five different classes, as well as practice and qualifying sessions. Was a busy few days, but a lot of fun. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2018 PWC Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park (May 25 to 28)”
The months of May and June are a great time of the year to be a race car fan with the Triple Crown of Motorsports being held. This week is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A few weeks ago were the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500. They call the Indy 500 “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and you can understand why when you see and hear 350,000 fans cheering at the start of the race as the Indy Cars speed down the front straight. The last couple of blogs were on Fernando Alonso and Takuma Sato. This blog is about the Indy 500 in 50 photos and the stories behind them. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2017 – The Indy 500 in 50 Photos and the Stories Behind Them (Jun 14)”
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 19th running of Petit Le Mans was held at Road Atlanta on October 1. Olivier Pla, John Pew, and Oswaldo Negri Jr. won this 10 hour endurance race in the #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda HPD Ligier JS P2. Eric Curran and Dane Cameron took the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with fourth place in the #31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, with Simon Pagenaud. This was a fitting way to end the season, since this would be the last time Daytona Prototypes would compete in this series. Had a great time photographing under the different light conditions from day to night. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2016 – Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (Oct 1)”
On Friday (September 30) the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship cars were on track for their final practice and qualifying sessions for Petit Le Mans. The #60 Michael Shank Racing took pole position for Prototype class and GTLM pole went to the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. Pole positions for GTD and Prototype Challenge classes went to the #33 Riley Motorsports and the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, respectively. Hope you like the photos.
Day two at Road Atlanta would see the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship cars on the track for three practice sessions. Practice one was in the morning, second practice in the afternoon, and the third was at night. This was a great opportunity to explore the track and to get shots of the cars from day to night. Hope you like the photos.
The 19th running of Petit Le Mans was held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, during the last week of September. This was the last race of the 2016 season for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the end of an era for the Daytona Prototypes. The next few blogs will be recounting my experiences covering this endurance sports car race for the first time. First up is the team paddock set-up day and Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge practice session. Hope you like the photos.
The 34th annual running of the Historic Festival was held at Lime Rock Park over the Labor Day weekend. This event combines multiple days of vintage car racing with a Concours d’Elegance on the Sunday. The next couple of blogs will be about practice/qualifying and race days. Hope you like the photos.
Saturday July 23 was race day for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Northeast GP at Lime Rock Park. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won GTLM class in the #4 Corvette C7.R, which gave Corvette Racing its 100th sports car victory. Hope you like the photos.
Round 8 of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship was held at Lime Rock Park at the end of July. Lime Rock Park is a beautiful 1.5 mile natural-terrain road course set in the hills of Lakeville, Connecticut. The next few blogs will take a look back at this event. First up is the paddock load in day. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2016 – Day 1 at the Northeast GP Lime Rock Park (Jul 21)”
Sunday, July 3rd, was race day for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship at Watkins Glen International (WGI). After 197 laps, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen was won by João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. Covered the grid fan walk and race from the “spectators” side of the fence. Hope you like the photos.
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I met some friends at Watkins Glen International (WGI) for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. WGI, also known as the mecca of North American racing, is located in the Finger Lakes district in upstate New York. Spent the day covering the WeatherTech Championship practice, paddock, and qualifying; and the Lamborghini Trofeo race from the “spectators” side of the fence. Hope you like the photos.
The final blog from the month of May from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is about the 100th Running of the Indy 500. A sellout crowd witnessed Alexander Rossi win this historic race in the #98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian. Being at the Indy 500 and the events leading up to this race was an experience of a lifetime. Many thanks to everyone who made this possible and for their help. Hope you like the photos.
The penultimate blog from the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is about Carb Day (short for “Carburetion Day”) which is the final practice session before the Indy 500. Hope you like the photos.
Continue reading “2016 – Carb Day at the Indy 500 (May 27)”
The third blog from the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is about Qualifications Day. This is the day when the nine drivers with the fastest four-lap qualification attempts are determined, who then take part in the Fast Nine Shootout for pole on Sunday. The other drivers participate on Sunday for qualifying positions 10 to 33. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2016 – Indy 500 Qualifications Day (May 21)”
The second blog from the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is about Fast Friday which occurs the week before the Indy 500. Fast Friday refers to the final practice session before qualifying, since the fastest speeds are usually seen on this day. Will Power had the fastest lap of the day and reached a speed of 232.672 mph in the #12 Team Penske. Hope you like the photos.
Apologies for not posting blogs earlier, but May was a busy month with back-to-back Indy Car events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) that culminated in the 100th running of the Indy 500. The next few blogs will reflect on these events. First up is the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, with Simon Pagenaud winning this event for the second time. 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.
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)”
As the day progressed the rain from Hurricane Patricia subsided and the USGP at Circuit of the Americas started on a wet track Sunday afternoon (October 25). As the track dried, the race evolved into one of the best of the year. Lewis Hamilton won the race and championship in the #44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid. This was Hamilton’s third championship which tied him with his countryman Sir Jackie Stewart and the late Ayrton Senna. Being able to experience a championship winning race was an amazing experience. Hope you like the photos.
Hurricane Patricia reached landfall in Mexico and degraded into a tropical depression late Saturday (October 24). The aftermath of this hurricane was still being felt during the rain-curtailed Sunday morning qualifying. Nico Rosberg in the #6 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid took pole position during Q2 with a time of 1:56.824. Lewis Hamilton was about a tenth of second behind with a time of 1:56.929 in the #44 Mercedes. Third quickest was Daniel Ricciardo in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB11 with a time of 1:57.969. Q3 was canceled due to worsening rain. Hope you like the photos.
Round 17 of the GTS class for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) was held at Laguna Seca in Salinas, California (September 10 to 13). This 11-turn road course is about 2.3 miles in length and is known for the iconic “Corkscrew” turn. The season finale was won by Kris Wilson in the #07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4, with Jack Baldwin second in the #73 GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S. The championship went to Michael Cooper from Blackdog Speed Shop, with Andrew Aquilante from Phoenix American Motorsports second, and Jack Baldwin from GTSport Racing third. Can’t wait for next year. Hope you like the photos.
Round 20 of the GT class for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) was held at Laguna Seca in Salinas, California (September 10 to 13). This 11-turn road course is about 2.3 miles in length and is known for the iconic “Corkscrew” turn. The season finale was won by Alessandro Balzan in the #29 NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia. However, the championship went to Johnny O’Connell in the #3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 who finished 12th over Olivier Beretta who had a DNF minutes from the end of the race. It was certainly a thrilling end to the GT season. Can’t wait for next year. Hope you like the photos.
The Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GTS class rounds 15 & 16 were held at Sonoma Raceway (August 28 to 30). Round 15 was won by Andy Lee in the #20 BestIT Racing Chevrolet Camaro and Michael Cooper won Round 16 in the #10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Z28. Hope you like the photos.
Round 19 of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) was held at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday (August 30). Renger van der Zande won GT class in the #31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and GTA class went to Frank Montecalvo in the #66 DragonSpeed Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3. GT Cup class was won by Colin Thompson in the #11 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Hope you like the photos.
Round 18 of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT/GTA class was held Saturday afternoon (August 29) at Sonoma Raceway. Kevin Estre in the #9 K-Pax Racing McLaren 650S GT3 won GT class and Christina Nielsen won GTA class in the #7 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3. GT Cup class went to Alec Udell in the #17 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Hope you like the photos.
The penultimate race weekend for the Pirelli World Challenge Challenge (PWC) was held at the beautiful Sonoma Raceway. Its amazing how fast the race season has gone by. On Friday, there were two practice sessions for the GT class teams to get ready for the race weekend. Hope you like the photos.
IndyCar practice and qualifying for the the GP of Sonoma was held on Saturday (August 29). Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #28 Andretti Autosport Honda topped the morning practice sheets with a time of 01:16.8702 and speed of 111.695 mph. For the afternoon qualifying, Will Power in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet took pole position with a time of 01:16.2597 and speed of 112.589 mph. Second fastest was Josef Newgarden in the #67 CFH Racing Chevrolet, then Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #28 Andretti Autosport Honda. Hope you like the photos.