2016 Roar Before The 24

Blogging is hard.  Between shooting, editing and sending files to clients, keeping up with social networking updates, chasing new work…….A week after the event and you sit down to try to write about what happened. You sit there and wonder, what happened that was different or interesting? Did I try anything new? Did I figure anything out, find a new spot, see a shot in a new way? Did you spend most of the week chasing your tail or watching your colleagues come back with killer shot after killer shot.  Maybe it was just boring and cookie cutter 1.2.3.4 shooting.  Usually it’s all of the above crammed together and coming at your from five different directions.

The Roar is a little weird in that it’s somewhat like a race weekend, but the cars are seldom in complete livery and the drivers rotate in and out all day.  It’s a test in every sense of the word.  New setups, new drivers, you name it. IMSA issues driver and car updates every morning and often more often than that. There are always drivers walking the paddock trying to pick up rides.  In a nutshell, lots going on behind the scenes.

I may be losing my mind, but I’m pretty sure the only rain we had was during night practice. Mostly we had fog.  This made for some very cool photographic opportunities, but did delay the start of practice one morning. I don’t think the sun actually was ever out in full beam, but this isn’t a weather blog is it?

Damming by faint praise I suppose since I cannot find anything terribly exciting to say about this year’s Roar, but I did end up with more than a few shots I am quite happy to show you.

I have included below a selection of my favorite shots from the Roar.  The entire gallery can be found HERE and as always, you can see all of my work at DarrenPierson.com

Enjoy!

#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler

#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler

#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA FLM09: Robert Alon, Jose Gutierrez, Nicholas Boulle, Tom Kimber-Smith

#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA FLM09: Robert Alon, Jose Gutierrez, Nicholas Boulle, Tom Kimber-Smith

#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3: Santiago Creel, Antonio Pérez, Sergio Pérez, Lars Vilijoen, Ricardo Pérez de Lara

#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3: Santiago Creel, Antonio Pérez, Sergio Pérez, Lars Vilijoen, Ricardo Pérez de Lara

#063 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 GT3: Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Segal, Robert Renauer

#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia: Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Segal, Robert Renauer

#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller, Antonio Garcia

#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller, Antonio Garcia

#88 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Mark Kvamme, Sean Johnston, Felix Rosenqvist, Maro Engel

#88 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Mark Kvamme, Sean Johnston, Felix Rosenqvist, Maro Engel

#51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458: Peter Mann, Raffaele Giammaria, Matteo Cressoni, Marco Cioci

#51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458: Peter Mann, Raffaele Giammaria, Matteo Cressoni, Marco Cioci

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Brandon Gdovic, Jim Norman, Josh Norman

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Brandon Gdovic, Jim Norman, Josh Norman

#26 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09: Adam Merzon, Ryan Eversley, Don Yount

#26 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09: Adam Merzon, Ryan Eversley, Don Yount

#55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda: Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Spencer Pigot

#55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda: Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Spencer Pigot

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Brandon Gdovic, Jim Norman, Josh Norman

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Brandon Gdovic, Jim Norman, Josh Norman

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Brandon Gdovic, Jim Norman, Josh Norman

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Brandon Gdovic, Jim Norman, Josh Norman

#100 BMW Team RLL BMW F13 M6 GTLM: John Edwards, Lucas Luhr, Kuno Wittmer, Graham Rahal

#100 BMW Team RLL BMW F13 M6 GTLM: John Edwards, Lucas Luhr, Kuno Wittmer, Graham Rahal

#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT3 R: Patrick Lindsey, Matthew McMurry, Jörg Bergmeister

#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT3 R: Patrick Lindsey, Matthew McMurry, Jörg Bergmeister

#02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP: Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson

#02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP: Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson

 

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