A day on the track with ANSA Motorsports

Part 2: IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite + 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale

 

In case you missed it, Part I of this series photographing the “Arrive and Drive” program for South Florida-based race team, ANSA Motorsports, at Homestead-Miami Speedway can be viewed HERE: A day on the track with ANSA Motorsports Part I: 2006 Audi DTM Class MP1 + 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

A quick synopsis of the “Arrive and Drive” program is that private clients from around the world fly in to Miami for a day (or weekend) of racing and ANSA provides them with everything they need to essentially show up at the track and drive luxurious vehicles: storage, delivery, maintenance, parts, tires, technicians, software, catering, and more. The client’s experience is Gucci throughout the day as they get to relax and recharge in the semi truck’s private lounge outfitted with a leather sofa, chairs, a media bar, DirecTV, stocked refrigerator, and even a Nespresso espresso machine that makes delicious coffee.

I approach photographing the driver’s with an intimate perspective earned through a respect for space and a natural intuition for capturing the incredible cars.

We start this photo editorial with the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite and 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale being rolled into the garage.

ANSA Motorsports at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL, January 3rd, 2015

ANSA Motorsports technicians push the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite into the garage at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

ANSA Motorsports #112 IMSA Prototype Lite at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL, January 3rd, 2015

ANSA Motorsports #112 IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsports at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL, January 3rd, 2015

Every customer has their name customized on the car they drive for the day.

ANSA Motorsports at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL, January 3rd, 2015

ANSA Motorsports’ customer getting a feel for the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite.

ANSA Motorsports technician working on the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsports technician working on the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsports' owner Alain Nadal and customer at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

ANSA Motorsports’ owner Alain Nadal and client at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

ANSA Motorsports at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL, January 3rd, 2015

ANSA Motorsports’ client prepares for his race while slipping on fireproof driving gloves.

The IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite driver slips into the drivers seat at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite driver slips into the drivers seat at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite is buckled in to his seat at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite is buckled in to his seat at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite seconds before speeding down the race track at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite seconds before speeding down the race track at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite pumps his first in excitement seconds before speeding down the race track at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite pumps his first in excitement seconds before speeding down the race track at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsport  IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite "Tribute to Tyrrell" at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsport IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite “Tribute to Tyrrell” at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsport's IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite and private client's 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale in the garage at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

ANSA Motorsport’s IMSA / Cooper Tires Prototype Lite and private client’s 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale in the garage at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale. at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

The 2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale. at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead FL.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY NOTES:

Quick gear note for my fellow photographers: I used my Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag to carry all my gear to the shoot, loaded my essential lenses into my Think Tank Photo Retrospective® 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone), which then became my main bag in the garage for the camera shoot. Additionally, I was outfitted with a BlackRapid Kick Women’s Sling Camera Strap RS2SW1S  (Grey) which is my new favorite camera strap.

My post-processing was done in Lightroom 4 (at the time) using my own custom recipes made with Totally Rad!’s Lightroom PresetsTotally Rad!’s Replichrome I: Icons, with a final polish in Photoshop CS5 using more custom special sauce with Totally Rad!’s Pro Retouch + TR Action Mix 1 + TR Action Mix 2: The Revenge. You can grab your own sets through the links.

 

MY CAMERA GEAR FOR THIS SHOOT:

Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag

Think Tank Photo Retrospective® 7 (Blue Slate) iPad and Shoulder Bag

 

BlackRapid Kick Women’s Sling Camera Strap RS2SW1S  (Grey)

 

Nikon D700 12.1MP FX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

 

POST-PROCESSING SOFTWARE: