What a year 2013 has been.
The highlights? Sebastian Loeb’s mesmerizing Pikes Peak run will certainly be something I tell my grand children (or anyone else who will listen) I was there to see, and hear, in person. Formula One in Singapore certainly stands up at the top as well. It is a city and race venue that has to be seen to be believed. NASCAR roaring around the tight oval at Martinsville. Indycar’s turbo madness bouncing around the confining walls of St. Petersburg’s street circuit. A weekend with an inspiring young up & coming driver named Michael Johnson at Mid Ohio. Watching history unfold with MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez swinging like a jungle monkey on his Honda racing bike at Circuit of the Americas to take his first premiere class win. Lamborghini race cars roaring around Calabogie while I dodged bears, deer, moose and porcupines in the Canadian wilderness. And of course the grueling Sebring 12 hour race watching the Audi R18’s dance around the flat Florida runways. Each photo below is a memory. Each race a unique challenge in it’s own way.
I’m so fortunate to have the support of people who genuinely appreciate the art of pointing a camera at a racing car. Chief among these supporters are the team at Road & Track. The wonderful people who run and are involved with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. James Moy, Russell Batchelor and Laurent Charniaux who never failed to provide endless laughs in the Formula One paddock and for the opportunities they have provided. Andy Hone (and his addiction to Frank Sinatra) for the amusing company on road trips around the US. The Getty Images team. Greg Tracey, Chris Nazarenus & Mitsubishi for their continued support on Pikes Peak. Al Merion and Rick Dole for the extra this and thats to shoot during the year. Brecht for putting in a good word for me. Rizzo and the Circuit of the Americas team. Racersites. JP & Brett with QC Exclusive. RM Auctions.There are so many more I’m sure I’m forgetting.
It never ceases to amaze me the number of people out there who help me push from one month to another, and the level of support they show in a variety of different ways. Lastly I’d like to thank my family and friends around the globe. Without these people, my life would be getting on a plane going from one place to another. But as it turns out, it always seems like I’m going on a vacation to see friends…and there just happens to be a car race involved.
Long may that be the case.
Happy New Year.
Winter testing is amazing. The light can be stunning at times. Especially in the late afternoon. Testing usually goes until 5pm, so the last 10 minutes or so can be worth your effort to go somewhere nice on track where you might get a chance to shoot these curvy cars running their last laps of the day. Nikon D3s, 135mm, 1/3200, f5 © Jamey Price / James Moy Photography
I enjoy testing. Not everyone does, but it gives you a chance to be up close and personal with the cars without tons of media, fans, and team personnel in your way. It's low key to say the least. As the cars tear off down the track for the installation run, it's always fun to stand at pit out and watch launch practice. Paul di Resta in the Force India was one of the first cars out this particular morning. It has always made the hair on my next stand up listening to the intense sounds. Nikon D3, 18mm, 1/80, f14 © Jamey Price / James Moy Photography
The pit lane is much more open and free during testing then it is during a GP weekend these days. So being close to the cars during pitstop practice can make for some interesting images. Sergio Perez was still coming to grips with his new Mclaren and did quite a few stop and goes in his box. Nikon D3, 14mm, 1/30, f14 © Jamey Price / James Moy Photography