I made good on one goal so far this year, return for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This years race was as fun as ever with an outstanding field and great racing. Although my preferred teams ran into a bit of bad luck, It was still a great event.
I tried a few new things photographically, but at the same time fell short in a few places. While I tried a number of new angles and shooting locations, I got so caught up shooting the cars on the track, I neglected to shoot some of the key details like the garages, crew members, and other key things that make Daytona so much fun. There's always next year I suppose!
First up in the gallery is the Prototype class. With so many storylines like Fernando Alonso's entry into sportscar racing, the return of Penske with a field of Acuras, Ricky Taylor's move to that team, and the LMP2 spec cars joining the mix, it was great fun to watch. Ultimately, my two favorite teams failed to make it through the night, but it was still a fun, record setting class to watch.
There was more disappoint in the GTLM class as my beloved Corvette's failed to mount much of a challenge to Ganassi's pair of Ford GT's. That said, I love this category and it's always a favorite to shoot. There's no denying the beauty of the Ford GT, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, or a Ferrari 488.
I'll be honest, I've never paid much attention to the GTD class which is a shame. There's some great stories and equally great racing that takes place back there. As seems to be the theme this year, my team of choice failed to put up much of a challenge, but it was still a terrific race to watch. Congratulations go to the #11 Lamborghini delivering the first Rolex 24 win to the manufacturer.
I can't say enough just how much fun this event is. Big thanks go out to Chris for making all the arrangements, Mom for being an amazing host, and Raquel for having to deal with me for weeks leading up to as well as after the event.