Posts Tagged ‘peugeot

22
Mar
11

Sebring

No matter how hard I try to fight it, I’m a motorsports photographer at heart.  Always have been, always will be.  Sure I work at a newspaper to pay the bills, but in a perfect world I’d be out shooting cars and the people who make them go.

Last weekend was the 59th Sebring 12 Hours in Sebring, Florida.  It’s run on an old WWII airfield using two cement runways connected by 11 or so corners paved sometime in the 50s.  To say that it’s bumpy is an understatement, and I’m convinced it’s (only) 12 hours and not 24, like its Le Mans counterpart, because of how grueling it really is.  It’s always been said that if a team, driver, car can make it at Sebring, it can make it at Le Mans.

Below are a few of my favorite images from the weekend.  Oddly enough, the French team I translate press releases for won the whole thing.  Their first overall victory at Sebring and it was great fun to see them celebrate so much.

This year, I was big into using other people’s flashes to my advantage.  We were also lucky enough to get the famous sunset on the front straight.  And since we were two photographers for Motorsport.com, it gave me the freedom to do something different rather than play it safe.  I think this might be my best take from a race so far in my 11 year motorsport career.  Enjoy.

Over 190 American Le Mans Series drivers pose for a photoshoot before the 12 Hours of Sebring, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Oreca driver NICOLAS LAPIERRE drives the Peugeot 908 during practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Rebellion Toyota Racing driver NICOLAS PROST looks on during testing for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Corvette driver JAN MAGNUSSEN, of Denmark, looks on during practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT: ANDY PRIAULX, DIRK MULLER, JOEY HAND during night practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Audi Sport driver MIKE ROCKENFELLER, of Germany, drives the R15 Plus during night practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Mar 18, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. Patron Ferrari driver DOMINIK FARNBACHER, of Germany, poses with a drawing of his F458 during an autograph session for the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Mar 19, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. Peugeot driver ANTHONY DAVIDSON, of England, drives the 908 during warmup for the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The infamous cracks in the cement during testing for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Oreca driver NICOLAS LAPIERRE, of France, drives the Peugeot 908 during night practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Mar 19, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. Peugeot driver FRANCK MONTAGNY, of France, leads the field at the start of the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Peugeot driver PEDRO LAMY, of Portugal, waits during practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Sebring, Florida.

Mar 19, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. The sun sets on the front straight during the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Mar 19, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. Oreca Peugeot driver LOIC DUVAL, of France, waits for the team's final pit stop during the 12 Hours of Sebring.

From left, Oreca technical director DAVID FLOURY, team principal HUGUES DE CHAUNAC, and driver OLIVIER PANIS, celebrate after winning the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Mar 19, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. Oreca Peugeot driver LOIC DUVAL is carried away from his car after winning the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Mar 19, 2011 - Sebring, Florida, U.S. Overall winners, from left, NICOLAS LAPIERRE, team principal HUGUES DE CHAUNAC, OLIVIER PANIS and LOIC DUVAL celebrate during podium celebrations at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

-RAE

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07
Oct
10

Petit Le Mans leftovers part I

Here are a few extras from Petit Le Mans last weekend.  It’s such a hectic few days between what’s going on in the pits and on the race track, as well as editing and those pesky things called eating and sleeping, there’s barely any time to really get stuff together for a blog update.  It’s go go go, edit and send, go go go, edit and send.  I’m convinced I’d lose a bunch of weight if it weren’t for the Tostitos Eric and I continually munch on in the photo room (trailer really) as we edit.  Some photogs listen to music on their headphones, others develop a case of restless leg syndrome – all in order to focus and do it fast.  We just eat the crunchiest thing we can find.  Hey, whatever works.

Anyway, due to popular demand (ok, two people) here are more photos, with even more to come.

Oct 1, 2010 - Braselton, Georgia, U.S. - Ferrari driver GIANMARIA BRUNI, of Italy, waits for qualifying for the Petit Le Mans auto race in Braselton, Georgia.

Peugeot drivers Anthony Davidson, left, of England, and Alex Wurz, of Austria, speak during practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Braselton, Georgia.

#1 Patron Highcroft Racing Honda Performance Development ARX-01c: David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud, Marino Franchitti during night practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Braselton, Georgia.

Audi driver Benoit Treluyer, of France, during practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Braselton, Georgia.

Oct 1, 2010 - Braselton, Georgia, U.S. - STEPHANE SARRAZIN, of France, waits in his Peugeot 908 race car during practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race in Braselton, Georgia.

Oct 1, 2010 - Braselton, Georgia, U.S. - Audi Sport general director Dr. WOLFGANG ULLRICH, of Germany, during practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race in Braselton, Georgia.

Oct 1, 2010 - Braselton, Georgia, U.S. - Ferrari driver GIANCARLO FISICHELLA, of Italy, during practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race in Braselton, Georgia.

-RAE

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01
Oct
10

Petit Le Mans

 

08 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDI FAP: Pedro Lamy, Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin during night practice for the Petit Le Mans auto race, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Braselton, Georgia.

 

After going on vacation, being busy with breast cancer photo projects, and other bad excuses, I’ve neglected my personal blog a bit.

But a good excuse to update today is my yearly trip to Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans endurance sportscar race.  Aside from an opportunity to return to my photographic roots and make great images with motivation, it’s a chance to see old friends – most of whom have crossed the Atlantic for this event.  

This is my first race of the year after missing three or four major races I used to cover religiously.  It’s like riding a bike.  And I’m glad for that.