2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 15 from Firebird Raceway in Chandler Arizona

The Lucas Oil Off Road Series (LOORS) crew made their final stop for the 2011 season at Firebird International Raceway and I was lucky enough to cover the weekend of dirt and mud-slinging racing action. For this race I told myself I would do my best to put a human face on the racing and try to get as many driver portraits and pit shots as I could during the three days of action.

Ford Motorsports Metal Mulisha driver Brian “the general” Deegan always gives good “face” when he is on the podium at these events, and you can bet at some point he will be on the podium.

To see more of the fantastic action from the LOORS round 15 click on the more link below.

The Lucas Oil Off Road folks always put on a good show and make the event great for both fans and drivers alike.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Nick Tyree (91) at speed in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing practice on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

The time of year and lighting conditions means Firebird delivers some of the best photo opportunities at least for me compared to the Speedworld events that are mostly harsh mid-day sunlight. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Speedworld track it’s just the bright summer sun can make producing dramatic images more of a challenge.

With the sun a little lower on the horizon this time of year you can get some beautiful lighting on the track, like this shot of Robby Woods powering through turn one of the Firebird track.

Like I said at the start of this post, I wanted to put a human face on the racing so here is a shot of Robby Woods in the pits.

When the sun is high overhead I tend to work on my panning shots to help clean up the backgrounds like with this shot of Robby Woods.

Another shot of Robby Woods fighting for position in turn one among the slinging dirt and mud of Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 15 racing action.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Robby Woods (99) at speed in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing practice on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

The colors and the light make covering this event my favorite of the season. It’s not always easy dealing with the bright light and deep shadows, but for some reason I prefer these lighting conditions over the summer races.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Todd LeDuc in the pits during the Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Some drivers give much better face than others, Todd LeDuc has a great look and provides me with some great driver portraits during the event.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Todd LeDuc (4) at speed in Pro 4 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing practice on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

I had to make sure to get some shots of Todd’s truck on track during practice.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Doug Fortin (5) at speed in Pro 4 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing practice on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

I captured a lot of great shots of the trucks on track during practice but the bright sunlight makes the images look somewhat average. At least it’s not a badly lit night football game.

The same shot from a different angle can give a real different “feel” to the images. I’m not sure which shot I like better, maybe the second one, what do you think?

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Kyle LeDuc (99) at speed in Pro 4 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing practice on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Maybe it has more to do with the color of the truck than the angle the shot is taken from.

I need to go back and look through my images to figure out if this is Todd LeDuc or Kyle LeDuc, either way I love this shot in the mirror.

One of those “two-for-one” shots, a great portrait of Carl Renezeder in his truck, but the reflection in his glasses is like a little “window” into what the driver sees out the front of his truck.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Carl Renezeder (17) at speed in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing practice on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Now that is some high-flying action, and you can only get this kind of action at a Lucas Oil Off Road Series race.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Carl Renezeder (17) at speed in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series qualifying on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Carl takes the season points and the Championship for another in his very long list of racing accomplishments.

Yeah, you know I took some of “those” shots, but I will bury this one way down in my post and hope it isn’t the only image people see from the weekend’s action.

I was working hard to get shots of Rob MacCachren through the window of his truck and really liked how this one came out.

I dig the look of the Monster Energy Toyota of Johnny Greaves in this image, it’s too bad he wasn’t a bit faster in this round of racing.

Carl Renezeder chases down Johnny Greaves during Round 15 racing action at Firebird International Raceway.

Johnny Greaves would end up driving his Toyota over the hood of Todd LeDuc’s truck and both of them would be out of the race.

Brian Deegan gives good “face” even when he has his helmet on, like this image of him behind the wheel.

Nice light on this image of Deegan’s Unlimited Lites race truck during Round 15 action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing at Firebird.

CHANDLER, AZ – DEC 09: Brian Deegan (38) at speed in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series qualifying on Dec. 9, 2011 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

More great “faces of Deegan” from the podium of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 15 action.

In case you have not gotten enough off-road action stay tuned to a future blog post about the Lucas Oil Off Road Series Challenge Cup race, where the stakes are even higher and the action is more intense.

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