Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 11th and 12th, 2010 at Firebird International Raceway

Shooting off-road racing is all new to me. I’ve never done it before. It’s exciting and fun, but rough on your gear because of the constant dirt and dust and unlike shooting other Motorsports almost everything is covered in some amount of dirt, and by that I mean there isn’t a square inch of clean anything to put down your gear that is not covered in either a layer of fine dust or outright dirt and mud.

Shooting the cars on track, or I should say trucks and buggys’ requires a little bit of a different skill set as well, it is interesting and exciting so I was up for the challenge of trying to capture some images of this new-to-me Motorsports. Let me just throw some truck racing images at you.

Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

The afternoon lighting looked nice and warm as the trucks entered turn one.

See more after the jump . . .

 Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

With the trucks drifting through turn one and roosting up a ton of dirt in the late afternoon sun the photo opportunities were plentiful.

 Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

It is amazing to watch them launch the massive trucks 15 ft in the air as they sail 30 ft down the track with dirt and fiberglass flying everywhere.

 Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

Oh come on now, you can’t tell me the above image wouldn’t make a fantastic poster or ad for E3 Sparkplugs?

 Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

When the trucks get all bunched in turn one and the dirt is flying everywhere things can get a crazy real fast.

 Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

It almost looks like the dirt being roosted from the tires is in the perfect shape of the grooves cut into the tires by the pit crews. I guess that means someone has created a great mud-sheading tread design.

 Oil Off-Road Series Challenge Cup Dec. 12, 2010 Firebird Raceway Arizona

Ahhhh, back to the calm-ness of just one truck in the shot. Sorry folks, shot set for now but I’ll have much more later so stay tuned.

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