While catching up online with my old friend Alex, he invited me out to a track event that he was going to be driving in. Itching to put my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L lens to use, I decided to take him up on his offer. What type of gear head would pass up on spending the evening taking photos of fun cars and hanging out with a good ol’ friend?
Originally, I thought we were going to an Adams Motorsport Park event, but I assumed wrong. It turned out that we were heading towards Perris, CA for Keep Racing off Public Streets’ (K.R.O.P.S.) event at Apex Kart Racing.
From what I learned from one of the organization’s photographers on-site, the organization has been running these events regularly since January of this year. Apparently the attendance of the event has been so good that the frequency of events increased for this summer season. Seriously, who doesn’t love track time? The event began around 6:30 PM and offered three sessions of track time throughout the evening until 10:00 PM. Each session allowed three laps per run group with three turns each; one session cost roughly $20 USD per driver or $50 USD for the whole night. In addition, spectators were treated to live music by a DJ and food for purchase on location.
Unfortunately, a media pass was required for in-field photos and I, as a hobbyist, was not qualified for one. I stuck to one spot throughout the event, but I moved around that area to avoid as many people in my shots as possible. I would have loved to get some shots from other parts of the track, but oh well. More information for future events can be found on K.R.O.P.S.’s website. Enjoy the photos!