So today marked the opening of the IZOD Indycar Series with the start of the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Today was, for the most part practice, with the exception of some qualifying rounds for the World Challenge Series and the USF2000 Series. No need to kill you with those details, you can get all that online elsewhere.
I like the Friday practice sessions as a spectator and photographer. It’s laid back, the crowd isn’t out of control, it gives you some flexibility to move around and check things out. Sunday will be a free for all for sure so if you plan on going then scope out a nice spot early. Prior years I was on the outside of the fence shooting with all the other spectators. One thing I realized being able to access areas with my handy photo bib was that it really just gives you access to shoot the same shots as all the other credentialed photogs. To me that’s boring… I really liked the challenge of getting that winning shot as an underdog. Today I found myself wandering back to the spectator side to shoot.
Ok so enough about my viewpoints on that… The Indycars are cool, sick, fast… the culture that follows is one for a rock star. You can feel it when you are in the pits. But for me the World Challenge cars are where it’s at. Take a street car and go racing. Just add $100K right! So here are a few shots from today. If you are in town be sure to check out the event. There is also drifting exhibitions, air stunt shows, the Honda tent displaying all the latest Honda products and more. I will be there taking it all in. Next update on Sunday…
James Luedde – Fotoset Photography