IMSA's fabulous GTP era slideshow





IMSA GTP era, 1982-1993 - Images by Brian Cleary

This slideshow provides a look back at IMSA’s golden age of GTP Prototype racing, which lasted roughly from 1982 through 1993. To this day many fans consider these cars among the most beautiful and spectacular racing machines ever created.

I remember, as a racing photographer in Florida in the 1980’s and 1990’s, looking forward every year to IMSA’s season opening swing thought the state of Florida which, over the years included stops in Daytona, Sebring, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Tampa.

As a fanatical racing photography I was afforded tons of opportunities to photograph these great racing machines. If you have a favorite from this era, chances are good that you can find it in my archive.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Before he was Smoke: Tony Stewart wins Disney Indy 1998





Disney Indy 200, January 1998 - Images by Brian Cleary

Briefly in the late 1990’s, the IRL made their season-opening stop at the newly built speedway at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. In 1998 a young open wheel star named Tony Stewart dominated the race and celebrated with Mickey in victory lane.

The event never really had a chance to catch on, but for me it was always an exciting way to kick off the racing season with a chance to shoot the exotic indy cars close to home.

I did not know much about Stewart at the time, but the future multi-time NASCAR Champion was an excited winner on this winter day in 1998, as these photos attest.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.