It took me entirely too long, and for all the zeros that Todd keeps adding to my paycheck, I should have been more diligent about getting the photos from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course edited and uploaded sooner. Better late than never, though, and since it’s the summer break for both Formula 1 and IndyCar, there didn’t seem to be a huge rush.
[See image gallery at www.formula1blog.com] The three-day weekend in Lexington, OH was amazing, even if I did get caught in the rain on Friday afternoon. The rain made for some great photo opportunities as Sebastien Bourdais and Juan Pablo Montoya braved the deluge. I was stuck in Turn 11 under some trees, but with no other cover. At first, I thought it was going to be a brief shower that would move on, but no. It was a heavy downpour that ended up lasting hours, ending all track activity for the day. Having looked at the radar before venturing out to the hinterlands that is Turn 11 and seeing no rain to the west, I didn’t bring any rain gear with me. I protected the cameras as best I could, but unfortunately, my two telephoto lenses, a 70-200 f/2.8 and a 200-500 f/5.6, ended up moist and fogged on the inside rendering them useless for most of Saturday. While they baked on the dash of the car during the morning and early afternoon, I was limited to working with my “thrifty fifty”, a 50-mm f/1.8, and my decade old 18-70 kit lens. Thankfully, all the glass dried out for Sunday.
It was busy each and every day with the entire Mazda Road to Indy racing multiple times over the weekend as well as the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA and GTS classes racing twice. The track was in use from 8am to 7pm every day except for Sunday, which ended with the IndyCar race at around 5pm-ish. It was an exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting grilled bologna and Yeungling’s filled weekend. I hope you enjoy the photos.