Formula Drift Atlanta was an adventure, being the closest Formula Drift event to St. Louis, it was a no-brainer that I had to attend. Heading down with a fellow photographer, I hit the road Thursday around noon. Unfortunately we had to miss Thursday practice due to Matt (other photographer) having to work, but in hindsight, it rained most of the day in Atlanta and photos from the day were less than desirable. We arrived at our hotel around 11pm and immediately passed out from the long day on the road.
Friday morning we woke up, hit the track and obtained our credentials. After walking through the paddock area we ran into a number of drivers that Matt had previously worked for, years back Matt had been a regular Formula Drift, Rally and GRC photographer, it was pretty interesting to see various drivers reactions as the saw Matt after him being away from the sport for a few years. As practice and qualifying kicked off, we began to shoot the on track action, it was my first legitimate outing with my new Canon 1DxMk2 and boy was there a steep learning curve from my old trusty Canon 1dMk3. We shot into the night and eventually headed back to our hotel.
Saturday morning, Matt and I hit the track and began to walk the paddock to scope out competitors and grab some shots of mechanics thrashing away on cars. As we walked through the paddock, John Hoyenga from Nameless Performance ushered us into his pits and insisted we join him for lunch. After catching up it was time for the competition to begin, we headed up the massive hill connecting the paddock area to the turn 10 area of Road Atlanta. The competition was intense and my photos ended up better than I had expected.
Sunday Matt decided we should wake up at 4:30am to head back to St. Louis. I slept until we hit Nashville and it was then time for me to take the wheel. I can not begin to show my appreciation and thanks to the various teams/clients that I was given the opportunity to shoot for. For anyone that has not yet had the opportunity to attend a Formula Drift event, I absolutely recommend it!
Here are some of my favorite images from the weekend: