Drag Racing: In & Around the Pits

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

On Feb. 6-9, 2014 the NHRA kicks off the drag racing season with the  54th annual NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.

The pit area of a drag race is the biggest car show you’ll ever attend and most of the cars are works of art. When I saw this yellow and blue hot rod beneath a yellow canopy, I knew I had to make this photograph. It was captured with a Canon EOS 50D and Tamron’s AF18-200mm lens set at 18mm giving a nice wide angle perspective. Exposure was in Program mode with a minus 1/3rd stop exposure compensation used to punch up the colors.




This hot orange pickup truck (below) was especially fast and drop dead gorgeous to look at, but don’t poke your lens under a racer’s canopy without saying “Hi” and asking permission to make photographs. You can even offer to e-mail the driver one or more of the images. Image was made with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN with EF 75-300mm IS zoom set at 240mm.


 While a paid admission gets you into the pits at drag races, it won’t always get you close to the track. Make a friend and maybe you can get invited to the races as a member of the pit crew, which I was on this day, giving me better and closer access to the track. This position let me fill the frame with this drag bike (bottom) doing a burnout.