So as always with race weekends that I actually get to attend in person I like to pull out a couple of my photos because I love them a lot and I like to share them in a separate post. If you are looking for the Sonoma 2015 Racecation post it is here. Here are some favorite photos from Misty and myself: (more…)
Usually for Sonoma race weekend I pick up Misty at San Jose International Airport which is about an hour north from where I live- heading towards the track. This time she found an awesome rate flying into San Francisco International Airport though which is about an hour and forty minutes north of my place. Her flight was to land on Thursday at 8:30 am. I originally planned on leaving at 6:00 for the airport but Misty thought I was leaving way too early so I left at 6:30 just to give myself some extra time since I am not as familiar with SFO as I am with San Jose plus there would no doubt be morning commute traffic since it was a week day. Well to make a long story short- by the time Misty called me after she had landed I was only in Palo Alto by Stanford University. She had to wait another 20 minutes for me to actually get to the airport. But on the plus side I didn’t have to pay to park because by the time I got there she was waiting at the curb for me at the departures gate and I just pulled in and loaded her up and headed east towards the state capitol of Sacramento. Some of you might know that the hauler parade was actually in Sacramento but we missed it. How? Because were actually heading to Sacramento to go to the zoo! Misty and I love zoos. So we decided to add the Sacramento zoo to our list of visited zoos while traveling because they had both of our top two favorite animals. Misty loves lions and giraffes and I love giraffes and flamingos:
(This is part 2 of our two part annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)
Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.
Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day. We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.
(I ended up breaking this post up into two parts because it was just too long once I added in all the pictures. Enjoy and watch for Part 2: Sunday tomorrow–Amy)
As I mentioned in a post several weeks ago- I had really been jonesing for a race. I LOVE being at a race track and Race Sonoma couldn’t possibly get here fast enough for me. Sonoma Raceway is slowly worming it’s way into my heart as one of my favorite tracks that we get to attend in person. The weather is almost always beautiful when the NASCAR race is there and we seem to almost always find something fun to do off track as well as have incredible adventures at track. After all it was at Sonoma Raceway that Misty interviewed Jeff Gordon a couple of years ago. Anyway- I had been looking forward to this race pretty much since March.
Our Friday at Sonoma Raceway started bright and early. It’s kind of ironic to me that Misty and I spend a good majority of the vacation hours that we each earn at our respective jobs for our “racations” where we tend to be up and at it just as early (or in my case specifically – earlier) and just as hard as we do for our jobs.
Anyway- I had heard that both Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were running patriotic paint schemes at Race Sonoma. So my first mission was to try to capture photos of them. My favorite place to do that is as the cars are being rolled out of the technical inspection tent. I caught them and a few more: (more…)
One of my Facebook friends shared the above picture on my wall a while back (Hi Shannon!) and I just love it on so many levels. First off it’s just a beautiful picture- I could hang that in my office or something if I had a copy. But it’s more that than- it’s the face that it’s a race way. Even though it’s technically a drag strip in North Carolina I have never been to and I am a NASCAR girl from California – this photo has me jonesing hard to be at a race track. (more…)
(If you are looking for the 2013 Sonoma Race Diary please go here)
If you know me, read this site, are facebook friends with me, follow me on twitter, instagram etc- then you know two things about me for sure: I love NASCAR (and fast cars in general) and I have a “thing” for photography. I do not necessarily consider myself a photographer- but I do like to roam around with a camera snapping pictures of this, that and the other. I do do some post production work in LightRoom- but what I have learned in both photography and LightRoom is pretty much self taught (lots of trial and error) with some guidance from my dad who also dabbles. (more…)
Wow am I late with this race post- but as happens with nearly all races I attend in person- I go to the race- have a blast and then come home and slammed in the face by “reality” when I get back. Sigh. Plus I took 1800+ pictures myself, with Misty taking an additional 650+ pictures. I had to then weed through them and process some of them for the blog- which takes time as I am sure you can imagine! A big thank you to all of my readers for being so patient.
Misty and I get to Sonoma Raceway early on Friday, pick up our respective credentials, park in lot M as directed by the parking attendants (which in both Misty and I’s opinion seem to be the BEST at nearly any track we have been to thus far), shuttled to the media center- found our respective spots (schwing- right next to each other- no having to ask about swapping and BONUS we had front row window seats that looked out onto pit road and what would eventually be Greg Biffle’s pit stall) and then we headed towards the garage area before it got to crowded. (more…)
I have been looking forward to Sonoma Race weekend for so many reasons this year, but mostly because I have been JONESING hardcore for a race (in person). In general NASCAR fans in the west kind of get the short end of the stick race wise. There is Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Fontana- which unfortunately for fans (and fortunately for race teams no doubt) are all kind of close together. Then we have a long wait until late June for Sonoma (and then again another long wait until Fall Phoenix).