Even before the actual race there's some carnage, like the damage suffered by Flying Lizard No. 44 during practice.
I’ll be splitting Sebring coverage into two parts based on the small amount of photos I have to share. This first part will cover the actual race cars, while the part later on this week will cover the other random cars & old race cars that were there. That splits my SLR photos nicely, and I’m not going to worry so much about the crazy amount of iPhone photos I have right now. (If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, then you’ve seen most of the iPhone photos anyhow!)
One iPhone photo I love -- the one of the Falken Tire RSR that won me their photo contest! :D
So. Sebring. Florida. The 12 Hour endurance race on a track that beats cars and drivers to hell and back during the time it runs. What you don’t see if you watch the race on tv is all of the work that goes on BEFORE the race ever takes place.
Luxury Racing 458 Italia
The first memory I have of Sebring is pulling up to the gate on Friday and hearing all of the cars running during a practice session…. It was INSANE. I loved it. The easy ones to pick out right away were the Corvettes, and the Ferraris really stood out too.
Krohn Racing's 458 Italia
Honestly, there is NO way to accurately share how wonderful it sounded. In a bit I’ll share a video I took at the track and posted on YouTube, but it’s just not the same…. You really have to go to a race to appreciate it.
Wider than the regular GT3s, but they look small compared to the RSRs. Very quiet, comparatively speaking, as well.
Even though I had my SLR, my iPhone was my best friend. You know the saying, “The best camera is the one you have on you when you want to take a photo”? So true for the iPhone. But I still made sure to put the SLR to use and the photos here are mostly from Friday because of it.
Friday we didn’t stay long, the heat and I weren’t agreeing and I didn’t want to chance getting sick on Friday from it and have a bad day Saturday for the race. Friday was figuring out how it was laid out, seeing what there was to see somewhat, and mostly autographs!
Audi had a ridiculous line for autographs, so I decided to forgo other teams in order to spend the entire hour of the autograph session waiting in the Audi line. Thankfully I made it to the drivers just in time! I got to bring home a beautiful poster of the R18 signed by eight of the nine Audi drivers, as well as getting to “meet” Tom Kristensen, Dindo Capello and Alan McNish, some of my driving heroes!
The R18 driven by Kristensen, Capello and McNish!
While I spent my time in the Audi line, my other half went to visit our favorite team, Flying Lizard. He got all of their drivers’ autographs on both a hero card and one of their license plates. He also told me that he talked to Patrick Long, and that Long had said we’ve made a good choice deciding to get a 3.2 Carrera and that he used to have one himself! That really made me happy to hear. I’m really sad that I didn’t get to meet him myself though.
No. 45 is the car that Long drives. If you like Porsche & motorsports, chances are you know who Patrick Long is!
I was also depressed that I didn’t get the autographs from Falken’s team of drivers. I’ve been a fan of Falken in ALMS ever since they started campaigning a 911 and I love how they use it to test out their tires. Lucky for me, they ran a photography contest on Friday…. And I won! One of my prizes was a 1/43rd scale Falken truck signed by their drivers — YAY! It’s definitely one of my prized possessions now…. Pun half intended.
The SLR version of the winning photo. ;)
Really, when you’re at the race you spend more time doing everything else but watching, at least for a long race like Sebring. I think I’ll end it here for now and pick it back up in the next post!