St. Petersburg Grand Prix 2016

It was the second year in a row being invited to cover the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, courtesy of my friends over at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. I was especially looking forward to covering the race weekend with more experience under my belt. With a year's-worth of DSLR experience, topped with last year's experience, I felt more qualified going into those gates that first morning. And it felt pretty good knowing what to expect.

I would go on to cover all three days of the race weekend as to not miss any of the action. And action-packed it was! But by Sunday's end, I was so beat I could hardly walk up the steps to my apartment. My iPhone clocked me at walking over 22 miles for the entire weekend! But it was well worth the blisters, the sunburn, and the lingering fumes of gasoline and burnt rubber.

It was a super-fun weekend of documenting what has become one of my favorite events of the year. My mind is still blown that Indy Car stops here in little sunny St. Pete as part of their worldwide circuit. Of all places, right? And the City of St. Pete, along with Indy Car, did another kickass job at putting everything together. It's things like this that remind me how lucky I am to call this place home.

Hope you enjoy some of my favorite shots from that weekend!

 Finding my groove with the pan technique

Finding my groove with the pan technique

 My favorite view - turn 11

My favorite view - turn 11

 Inside the paddock - Nissan GTR

Inside the paddock - Nissan GTR

 Look at this photo and NOT make racer noises!

Look at this photo and NOT make racer noises!

 Team Avasis Porche during a practice session

Team Avasis Porche during a practice session

 My view from atop Al Lang Stadium - Will Power #12

My view from atop Al Lang Stadium - Will Power #12

 The  Stadium SUPER trucks  were a lot of fun to watch!

The Stadium SUPER trucks were a lot of fun to watch!

 Indy practice - Day 1

Indy practice - Day 1

 Catching air on turn #12

Catching air on turn #12

 Juan Pablo Montoya exiting pit road during a practice session

Juan Pablo Montoya exiting pit road during a practice session

 Juan Pablo Montoya's #2 car sits on pit road awaiting the main event

Juan Pablo Montoya's #2 car sits on pit road awaiting the main event

 Will Power applies the Pole Position sticker to his car after breaking his own track record twice, but would forfeit his position before the main event having been too sick to drive

Will Power applies the Pole Position sticker to his car after breaking his own track record twice, but would forfeit his position before the main event having been too sick to drive

 Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates his 2nd consecutive win at the St. Pete Grand Prix

Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates his 2nd consecutive win at the St. Pete Grand Prix

 Champagne showers in Winner's Circle

Champagne showers in Winner's Circle