09
Feb

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

During the second round of qualifying on the opening day of the NHRA season, funny car driver John Force would go for a wild ride after enduring a big explosion during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Before we get to the fireworks, here is what Johns car looked like to begin the day.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 250iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 250iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Ok time for the ill fated run.

In the below photo you can see the tell tale indication of cylinders being out from the raw fuel poring from headers on each side.  That signifies an unhappy engine.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

A giant ball of fire REALLY signifies an unhappy engine!

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

The big explosion would break the Chevrolet Camaro body in a few places…

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Which allowed the 300mph breeze to shred the Peak Automotive sponsored body.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

The back half of the body begins to take off.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Now with the body completely separated from the chassis you can see the parachute straps going from the car to the body.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Once the slack in the parachute line is gone, the parachutes are pulled from the body as it heads towards orbit.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

The parachutes are now fully deployed as the back half of the carbon fiber body flies.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Without the downforce of the body on the car, it begins to bounce.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

The 16 time champ would graze the wall as he worked to bring his car to a stop.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual

I would switch to my wide angle camera to shoot as Force came by my photo position.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

After what seemed like an eternity, John Force would be helped from his car by the NHRA Safety Safari rescue crew.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Manual

The highly trained members of the Safety Safari would tend to Force before he would be taken to a local hospital as a precaution to be checked out

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Manual

A few hours after the incident, Force would be back at the track, medically cleared to race tomorrow.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2500th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Oh so I also had a remote camera setup near the finish line.

If only I had had the camera aimed more to the right….  #photogfail

Canon 1Dx, 100-400mm, 2000iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 100-400mm, 2000iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 100-400mm, 2000iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 100-400mm, 2000iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 100-400mm, 2000iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

I’d be a whole lot angrier about my remote camera fail had I not gotten solid stuff with my handheld.

Two more days of action to go at the Winternationals!


 
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