The first race of the Verizon Indy Car Series was held under sunny blue skies on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet won the race after 110 laps and over two hours of racing. Second was team-mate Will Power in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet, and third was Tony Kanaan in the #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Hope you like the photos.
The pre-race festivities on the front straight are always an exciting place to be with the teams getting the cars onto the grid, the crowd of excited fans, and everything else that goes on before the race start. Hope you like the photos.
Warm-up was held at mid-day under sunny blue skies with the cars taking a few laps around the circuit for last minute checks. It was also a good opportunity to get some shots of the drivers and teams as they headed back to the paddock after the warm-up session. Hope you like the photos.
Pole position went to Will Power in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet with a time of 01:00.69 and speed of 106.77 mph around the streets of St. Petersburg. For the qualifying session stayed in the pits. Hope you like the photos.
The opening round of the Verizon Indy Car series was held on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida. The picturesque 14 turn street circuit is about 2 miles in length and encompasses the beautiful harbor front, the Al Lang Stadium, Dali Museum, and part of the Albert Whitted Airport. Will Power in the #1 Team Penske Chevrolet was at the top of the combined practice sessions with a time of 01:01.3621 and top speed of 105.603 mph after 74 laps. 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”