Sportscar Racing Slideshow

1987 24 Hours of Daytona Slideshow





1987 24 Hours of Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

There was a full field of spectacular Porsche 962’s on the grid along with most of the top sports car drivers in the world. NASCAR stars Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd were on hand as were Indy stars, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr. and Danny Sullivan. Top women drivers Lynn St. James and Deborah Gregg were in Roush Mustangs along with celebrity racer Bruce Jenner.

The weather was great as the 69 cars took the green flag to start the twice-around-the-clock contest. I was armed with several rolls of Tri-X black and white film to record the drama for United Press International.

At he end of the 24 hour run, the #14 Lowenbrau Porsche 962 of Chip Robinson, Derek Bell , AL Unser Jr., and Al Holbert came home first and another classic was in the books.



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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.

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.

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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.

Twice around the Clock, again, in Daytona Slideshow





2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

Since attending my first 24 Hours of Daytona sportscar race with my dad back in 1966, I’ve missed very few of the twice-around-the-clock endurance classics. In fact, the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona will kick-off my 12th season as the Grand-Am Rolex Series’ official photographer.

For all of those 45 years, I’ve carried a camera to every single event I’ve attended, as my father had presented me with very first camera shortly before that 1966 24 Hours of Daytona.

In that span I’ve had the opportunity to take a lot of pictures of sports cars racing around Daytona International Speedway. The 2012 race, to be run over the January 28-29 will introduce the new Third Generation Daytona Prototype as well as several new GT class cars, and should be a spectacular event.

With the next edition right around the corner, this slideshow is a look back at the 2011 event that saw Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal drive their Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley to an overall win and TV’s “Dr. McDreamy”, Patrick Dempsey end up on the GT podium with his Dempsey Racing teammates.

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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.

Scenic Shots from the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Series Slideshow





2011 Grand-Am Rolex Series Scenics - Images by Brian Cleary

One of the great things about covering the Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series as its official photographer since 2001, is the opportunity to visit many of the great road racing venues across the US.

In contrast to the stadium-like oval race tracks the host many NASCAR and Indy Car events, and are surrounded by towering concrete grandstands, fences and walls, the road racing track are often located in lush countryside and feature trees and other scenic backgrounds that make for great photography.

I was raised on oval racing and will always be a fan, but over the past 11 seasons, I’ve grown to love the variety and unique driving skills that make sportscar racing the spectacle that it is.

This slideshow represents some of my favorite venue-related photos from the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar season.

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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.


1983 24 Hours of Daytona Slideshow





24 Hours of Daytona 1983 - Images by Brian Cleary

“Super Tex” A. J. Foyt teamed with Bob Wollek, Claude Ballot-Lena, and Preston Henn to bring their Porsche 935 home first in the twice-around-the-clock Daytona Classic.

This race saw heavy rain showers force an early morning red flag during which I got some photos of A.J. and his car owner/co-driver Preston Henn chatting with the now infamous Randy Lanier under an umbrella on pit road.

I also remember beng excited about getting photos of the new Lola GTP throwing up a rooster tail as it sped down the frontstretch in the rain.

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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.