Two Wisconsin Weekends

12 days on the road in Wisconsin to cover back-to-back racing weekends, first the IMSA Tudor Series Sports cars at Road America and then the Verizon INdy Car Series at the Milwaukee Mile yielded a ton of photo opps for any ambitious motorsports photography willing to spend a cooule of weekends in cheese country.

Here are a few of my favorites from my Wisconsin take

A Porsche takes to the dirt at Canada Corner

Under the Indy Banner

Yacaman eyes the IMSA competition

Scott Dixon looking for 2 in a row

Quick Pit Work at Road America

Josef Newgarden make an Indy pit stop

Teammates battle for Milwaukee win

Road America winners atop their car

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Eyes Wide Open

I was standing at the pit-in end of pit road in Daytona back in February of 1984 covering the Busch Clash NASCAR All-Star race for UPI when all of a sudden a gasp went up from the crowd in the grandstands opposite from where I was standing. Not being able to see turn four from where I was standing, I was unaware that Ricky Rudd's Ford Thunderbird had broken loose and slid through the grass, crashing heavily into the inside wall. It was now tumbling wildly just our of my view. Responding to the gasp from the crowd I instinctually raised my camera, ready for whatever came into view.

Rudd's T-Bird came gyrating crazily into my viewfinder and I was able to get a few photos before it came to a rest in the tri-oval grass.

Rudd's Tumble: Ricky Rudd's 1984 Busch Clash Crash - Images by Brian Cleary

Ricky was pulled from the car and transported to the hospital and the speculation began as to whether or not Rudd would be able to drive in the next weekend's Daytona 500.

When Ricky showed up at the track early in the week he called a press conference which put an end to all the guessing. Yes, he said, he would tape his swollen eyelids open and take the green flag in the 500.

The photo at the top of the page shows Rudd with his eyes taped open for the week's first Daytona 500 practice session. Not only did he drive in the '84 Daytona 500, finishing 7th, he also drove and won the following week at Richmond! One of the truly tough performances in the history of NASCAR racing.

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