2015 Monterey Grand Prix

We love coming to Laguna. The people are great, the climate is fantastic, the wine is tip-top, beer excellent…oh yeah, they have a great track here as well. I didn’t go to the Long Beach Grand Prix this year, which sucked for several reasons. We really like going to Long Beach itself (me mainly for Congregation Ale House) and also because, like many of the races this year, the field was class limited and all my usual clients were not running.  Also, the weekend before we had to be at NOLA and the drive from LA to L.A. is a bit much to cover in four days.

Mazda Raceway is a fantastic venue and I feel like I can always come up with something new to shoot there.  My team made the podium, so that ended the weekend pretty well.  I put their champagne celebration at the end of the images below.  Also included below are some of my favorite shots from the weekend. You can see the Monterey Grand Prix highlight gallery and the rest of my work at DarrenPierson.com

Next: We have a break and then I fly to Detroit (who wants to leave the west coast anyway)

#24 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: John Edwards, Lucas Luhr

#24 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: John Edwards, Lucas Luhr

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

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

#97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4: Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala

#97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4: Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala

#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Christina Nielsen, James Davison

#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Christina Nielsen, James Davison

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS: Patrick Byrne, Guy Cosmo

#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS: Patrick Byrne, Guy Cosmo

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2: John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, Jr.

#60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2: John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, Jr.

#912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen

#912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen

#97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4: Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala

#97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4: Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala

#0 Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13: Memo Rojas, Katherine Legge

#0 Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13: Memo Rojas, Katherine Legge

#31 Action Express Racing, Coyote DP Corvette DP: Eric Curran, Dane Cameron

#31 Action Express Racing, Coyote DP Corvette DP: Eric Curran, Dane Cameron

#93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT: Marc Miller, Jeff Mosing

#93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT: Marc Miller, Jeff Mosing

#01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley DP: Joey Hand, Scott Pruett

#01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley DP: Joey Hand, Scott Pruett

#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia: Pierre Kaffer, Giancarlo Fisichella

#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia: Pierre Kaffer, Giancarlo Fisichella

#0 Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13: Memo Rojas, Katherine Legge

#0 Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13: Memo Rojas, Katherine Legge

#17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR: Bryan Sellers, Wolf Henzler

#17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR: Bryan Sellers, Wolf Henzler

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

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

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner

#90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP: Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante

#90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP: Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante

#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America: Patrick Lindsey, Spencer Pumpelly

#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America: Patrick Lindsey, Spencer Pumpelly

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#24 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: John Edwards, Lucas Luhr

#24 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE: John Edwards, Lucas Luhr

#0 Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13: Memo Rojas, Katherine Legge

#0 Claro / TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13: Memo Rojas, Katherine Legge

#60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2: John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, Jr.

#60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2: John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, Jr.

#8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Renger van der Zande, Mirco Schultis

#8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Renger van der Zande, Mirco Schultis

#22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America: Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen

#22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America: Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

#38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Mike Hedlund

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