So many great images were captured at the Long Beach Grand Prix Formula 1 race a few years ago. This one features Niki Lauda in his Alfa Romeo getting ready for a qualifying run. Southern California temperatures can be very hot even in light summer wear, let alone in heavy protective gear, including a full face helmet and fire retardant gloves. It is always amazing how these skilled competitors can stay focused and at the top of their game despite what must be some very uncomfortable circumstances. A close up image like this might be a hard one to get with all the hustle and bustle of racing, but it's worth the effort to get a more intimate glimpse into the inner world of the heroes of motorsports.
Location: Long Beach, CA.