The first IndyCar practice session for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was held Friday morning under overcast skies. The light rain at the end of the session was an omen of the wet weather that we would have during the race weekend. For this session started on the front straight, then went to Turn 13, and back to the paddock. Hope you like the photos.
Rounds 7 and 8 of the Indy Car series were held on Belle Isle in Detroit (the motor city), Michigan. The street circuit is about 2.35 miles in length and has 14 turns. Arrived at the track on Thursday afternoon, and walked the paddock to watch the teams prepare their cars for practice on Friday. Hope you like the photos.
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.
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.
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.