Lucas Oil Off Road Series Racing — Chasing the light and the action

Some of the tracks on the LOORS (Lucas Oil Off Road Series) schedule produce better images than others because of the backgrounds and the time of day the race is held. Unfortunately these two aspects, backgrounds and time of race are out of your control and you must work with whatever challenges are presented to you for a given race. The fun of any assignment is overcoming the challenges of creating great images under difficult lighting conditions, so when the lighting and backgrounds come together in one moment or for a short period of time most photographers, including myself get absolutely giddy with excitement and ferociously creating images in outstanding light.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: Robby Woods (99) in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

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Robby Wood number 99 Pro 2 truck is bathed in golden afternoon light as he drifts out of the final turn and heads for the checkered flag at Firebird International Raceway.

The bright blue Lucas Oil Slick Mist truck of Robby Woods gives great contrast with the red clay dirt of the track at Firebird.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: Marty Hart (15) at speed in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Marty Hart’s Ready Lift Off Road sponsored truck dances through the pockets of sunlight in a turn.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: Jeremy McGrath (2) and Rodrigo Ampudia (36) in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

You might think from the first couple of images I posted that there is only one truck at a time going around the track, I can assure you there several trucks fighting for position on the track with tons of dirt and fiberglass body parts flying.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: Third place, Robby Woods (99) in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Sometimes it’s not just all about the trucks on track, the drivers are the names behind the truck and each one has their own style, so capturing that style with great images helps bring a human aspect to the fans.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: Second place Rob McCachren (21) in Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: First place Marty Hart (15) in Pro 2 Unlimited Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Back to the on-track action with this shot of Robby Woods fighting for position in the pockets of sunlight.

CHANDLER, AZ – MAR 31: Brian Deegan (38) Pro 2 Unlimited Lucas Oil Off Road Series Round 1 racing on March 31, 2012 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ.

Brian Deegan is having a bit of a rough season this year, I expected to see more of him but lady luck is just not smiling on the general so far this season.

If I’m really tracking sales trucks in the air seems to be somewhat more popular than other shots, sometimes these shots are hard to make with clean backgrounds, but when it works everybody loves them.

Robby Woods has been working hard to limit on-track bumping and banging which seem odd because you would think that the bumping and banging would be part of short course racing.

Oh boy, I wonder if I could get any more great shots of Robby Woods, oh well, I’m rooting for Robby and his truck looks against the red dirt so I can’t help it.

This is one of my favorite shots of Monster Energy Drink sponsored Kyle LeDuc in his truck.

Some of the shots I got of the drivers in their trucks are really working for me, like this one of Travis Coyne.

Even though you can’t see Travis’ eyes in this shot, this one really pops for me, it’s just bad-ass and makes a great Facebook cover shot.

It’s all about the drivers eyes and some of the trucks roll cages and dash configuration made getting the shots a bit of a challenge, but the results were well worth it.

Corry Weller is a beautiful woman competing in a male dominated sport so capturing all that beauty among the big, loud and dirty trucks makes for great images.

Corry was nice enough to allow me to make a nice portrait of her in front of her Tilted Kilt sponsored Pro 4 truck, and I think these came out really nice for using my Canon 580EX II flash on my camera.

Getting the trucks launching over the start/finish jump with the big ball of flame and the green flag was pure luck, well some of it was my skill and planning, but still lucky. This ended up being one of my favorite shots and well worth the efforts.

I was trying to work with the clouds and sky for a few shots, but things like scissors lifts and distracting background elements can make getting these shots a challenge.

Trucks in the air is the key but freezing the action isn’t always the best idea because it doesn’t give a sense of speed so I didn’t get a lot of these shots.

I’ll round out this post with a bit of a lower angle of the truck in the air with clouds shot, I hope you enjoyed this little trip through the Lucas Oil Off Road Series racing event.

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2 thoughts on “Lucas Oil Off Road Series Racing — Chasing the light and the action

  1. Thank you so much for not only including the LOORRS images in your blog, but including me in there as well!! Photographers are one of the key elements when it comes to sharing our amazing sport with those who have never witnessed one of our races! Love the images!! See you at the races! 🙂

    • Thanks Corry, you know I’m going to agree with you on the importance of still photography (being that I’m a photographer) in promoting and bring new fans to Short Course racing.

      Remember me when you need a team photographer, wink, wink.

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