DRR-SH Global Rallycross X-Games LA 2013

Two months ago, I received an email from James “Sulli” Sullivan; owner of SH Racing showing my the official announcement of their merger with fellow Indy team DRR to launch the #77 N.O. Xplode/WIx Global Rallycross car at X-Games LA. We talked back and forth and he asked me if I would be interested in coming out to work with them and help launch their presence in GRC. Without any hesitation I booked flights and a hotel and and kept waiting for more news as to who was going to be piloting the #77 car. A few weeks later the announcement was made that Scott Speed the current NASCAR/GRC driver and former Red Bull Formula 1 driver was going to be behind the wheel to potentially bring home another GRC gold medal. I flew into LA on the Thursday night before the race so that we could scope out the venue and see the car for the first time. Friday morning I met up with Sulli and we got to the track to meet up with Robbie and Brie from DRR and we headed to the paddock.

When I first laid eyes on the car I was speechless. It just looked so incredible. The all matte color scheme really popped and the little Ford Fiesta ST looked like a monster. The Fiesta was ready for battle. Just raw power that was designed to jump and slide around. Coming from Indy which is speed and aerodynamics this looked like a whole different machine.

Outside of the sponsor work I had to do I also had to help launch the car by doing the release photos of the DRR-SH Ford Fiesta ST. I needed to find somewhere within the confines of the paddock to stage the car and make the shoot work, since we couldn’t get on the track due to the fact that it wasn’t ready yet. Irwindale Speedway is a very famous track so I needed to find something that would show off the track as well as the X-Games. Around the way I happened to find this small stretch of road which was to serve as the entrance to the track during GRC. It was perfect for what I was looking for. It had not only the speedway in the back but it also had the giant X-Games mega-ramp which was awesome. We packed up for the day and planned for the shoot the following day.

The next morning we arrived at the track and I got to meet Scott for the first time. He is a super cool dude and very easy to work with. I had to shoot the not only the car today but Speed in his suit as well as the N.O. Xplode product. His outgoing personality made it super easy and fun.

 

Scott Speed // N.O. Xplode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Speed // N.O. Xplode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Speed // N.O. Xplode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our mechanics got the car prepped to be shot and we headed over to the location to shoot the #77 DRR-SH GRC car. We had a whole hour to shoot Scott with the car and then the car itself. The matte wrap on the car worked so well. I’ve included the full gallery of the car and with the images with Scott as well so please give them a look and let me know what you think. The car shoots really well and the colors are awesome. After we wrapped up the shoot, I headed back to the hotel to get working on the images that were to be released on race-day.

 

Scott Speed BTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Speed BTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race day rolled around and we were pumped for some GRC action. Scott was stoked to get behind the wheel of the 600hp awd rocket. Practice went extremely well and we qualified 3rd fastest in the entire field of 20 cars. These cars are incredible to watch launch and slide around. We sealed the final spot in the final race of the day. Shooting GRC at Irwindale was not easy as media access only allowed us to be on the front straight and on the half oval. The front straight was excellent in terms of the start of the race and watching the cars coming out of the dirt and back onto the tarmac. The issue however is how much dirt you get covered in as the cars blast through.

 

 

 

GRC Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRC Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRC Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final race began and the number #77 car was off to a good start, a huge wreck took out the majority of the pack and put Scott in a comfortable 5th place for a few laps. half way through the race we were doing fine until Travis Pastrana decided to put Scott into the wall on the last turn which put him out of the race. It was unfortunate for the race to end like that but that’s how GRC is. It is a brutal form of racing.

GRC Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was one hell of a weekend for sure and definitely something I would like to shoot again. The car is just awesome and nothing beats getting to work down in LA with SH Racing. As every assignment I always try and put together a final composite and this one I am super stoked about. Hope you enjoyed this post and please give the gallery a look! Thanks!

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