The 36 Hours of Florida are over, and I'm pretty sure my crew is still recovering. The 36 hours is how we refer to the The Rolex 24 at Daytona, followed by The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, these are the two events that kick off the IMSA Endurance Racing season. The 12 Hours of Sebring has always been my favorite events to shoot. Its an incredible environment and race. The track is historic, it was a WW2 Bomber test site, and sometime over 60 years ago was converted to a race track. Its never been repaved, #RESPECTTHEBUMPS, and is one of many reasons that this race is daunting. Teams come from all over the world to try and win this race.
From a coverage standpoint, this race is very challenging. Its a huge track with tons of actions areas, and in the current trend of Sports Car Racing enduros are run like sprint races. Ask anyone covering these events, the 12 Hours is no question harder to cover than the Rolex 24. My day started around 5:30am Saturday, and we rolled out of the compound after strike at 1:30am Sunday morning.
Having said all that, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love this event, this series, and shooting racing. I've been in post for the last 9 days cutting our main feature, Sights X Sounds. Its a cinematic race recap that I created when I started working on IMSA's content. As much as I love documenting this race, what a nightmare this edit is. 12 Hours of racing, 14 Hours of coverage, and right around 12 hours of art footage between myself, and my three cam ops.
At the end of the day its all about the work, and I couldn't be prouder of how this project turned out. Shout out to an amazing crew that makes these videos possible.
Director - Brett Ramker
Producer - Jason Jacobson
Editor - Brett Ramker
Camera - Brett Ramker - C300MKii
Zach Whiteside - C300 MKii
Rob Russell - RED Scarlet Dragon
Jeromy Hogue - Phantom MIRO LC320s