Ferrari Challenge @ Road America 2014

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2014 was the first year that I ever got a chance to go to Road America. That is kind of a sad fact considering one of the worlds most premeir and beautiful tracks sits less than a 2 hour drive from me. So I made it up to the Optima Street Car Challenge earlier in the year, and I used that as a test trip to get an idea of exactly what I would be looking at for photography. Knowing that I needed something a little longer than a 70-200 and a full frame camera, I picked up a backup Canon 40d and rented a Tamron 150-600.

We got up to the track and decided that our first order of business was to walk the pits and get an up close and personal look at some of the beautiful 458’s that were currently practicing on the track. As soon as we walked in, the first thing we saw was a car being dropped off a trailer into a pit stall. I could not even begin to imagine the kind of costs that were incurred with that mistake into a wall.

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– Andrew

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