Our Favorite Photos From the Year in Sports Car Racing

A big year in sports car racing deserves a big selection of photography. Here are our Marshall Pruett's favorites.

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A big year in sports car racing deserves a big selection of photography. Here are our Marshall Pruett's favorites.

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The heavens smiled down on the backside of Laguna Seca's Turn 5 in the middle of one session. I forgot about the cars for a few moments and it was a divine escape.

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Fetching MOMO Ferraris crash the Corkscrew on the way to a 1-2 finish in the Pirelli World Challenge finale.

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The business end of 1600 horsepower and a wing stolen from a Boeing 737.

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Le Mans winner Jeroen Bleekemolen peddles an ex-Team Penske Porsche RS Spyder to warp speed in Monterey.

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It's hard not to love the red, yellow and blue.

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The every-four-years Rennsport Reunion was held at Laguna Seca where, among other vehicular delights, the world's biggest assembly of Porsche RS Spyders were brought together. The retro-liveried entry driven by David Donohoue, which bore a perfect representation of the Porsche 917/30 his father Mark Donohue drove in 1973, was simply brilliant.

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Ben Keating's ode to Ricky Bobby wins the Best Sponsor of 2015 award. "ME," and the cougar, made a one-off appearance during WeatherTech SportsCar Championship testing at Daytona in November on Keating's Dodge Viper GT3-R.

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Ford's brand-new road racing GT made its public debut at Daytona late in 2015—long before the twin-turbo V6-powered supercar goes on sale in 2016.

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The volume of rain that fell at Road Atlanta during IMSA's Petit Le Mans season finale was so extreme, the 10-hour contest was called before it reached the 8-hour mark.

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@OliverGavin: #LookMomNoHands. (The drivers who followed the Corvette Racing did not want to touch the Le Mans hashtag stick until it was cleaned.)

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Porsche dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the second year of its return to the world's greatest race. Its three-car assault, featuring cars carrying ditinct red, white, and black liveries, were stunning.

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Nissan's radical, front-engine, front-wheel-drive LMP1 prototype was meant to revolutionize its class at Le Mans. If the three cars weren't breaking down, they did break new ground—completing the first successful "Bunny Hop" at the 24 Hour.

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The Le Mans Panzer 1 division puts a combined 6000hp to the ground on the front straight.

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A Dunlop-shod LMP2 car rounds the painted banners bearing the tire company's name.

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The Stars and Stripes were ably represented at Le Mans with the thudding howl of Riley Technologies' high-winged Dodge Viper.

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First-time Le Mans winners Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, and Force India F1 driver-on-holiday Nico Hulkenberg didn't let an exhausting 24-hour sprint take away from celebrating on the podium.

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Do not adjust your television. Aston Martin's seizure-inducing livery for the No. 97 V8 Vantage at Le Mans still burns the eyes.

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Audi's turbodiesel R18 Le Mans challenger, shot through a hoard of safety orange-wearing corner workers during the 24 Hour in June.

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Speed, speed, and more speed. The black No. 18 Porsche 919 hybrid obliterated the qualifying record at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with something approaching 1300 horsepower to deploy on corner exit.

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Ford took the wraps off of its Ford GT racer at Le Mans. The gigantic diffuser, tucked beneath the snout-nose rear bodywork, looks like a medieval torture device.

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TRON light racers come to life at a shutter speed of 1/5 at Le Mans.

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The graphic design on actor/racer Patrick Dempsey's Porsche, its garage signage, and the natural pattern of the mobile flooring made for an artistic viewing at the season-opening FIA World Endurance Championship race in Silverstone, England.

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Former Ferrari Formula 1 driver-turned-Ferrari sports car pilot Giancarlo Fisichella is bathed in the colors of the Prancing Horse while watching teammate Pierre Kaffer qualify at Laguna Seca.

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Advertisers are always searching for ways to get their brands recognized on TV, and by fans. DAYGLO GREEN IS ONE WAY.

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Shadows, glowing carbon-fiber brake discs, and a big burst of blue flame from the Judd BMW V8-powered Ligier JS P2 entry from Krohn Racing at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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Jorg Bergmeister might look like he played a bad guy who tried to kill Bruce Willis in a Die Hard movie, but the lanky German is better known as one of the finest sports car racers of his generation.

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BMW's retro paint scheme, dating back 40 years to what adorned its CSLs, was a delight on the BMW Team RLL Z4s in IMSA.

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Trapped within the confines of the LBC, the Team Falken Tire Porsche rockets between the buildings at Long Beach.

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Nissan's tail-dragging, titanium spark-shedding GTR LM NISMO turns its first official lap at Le Mans as water from a brief shower is sucked up and sent skyward.

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Porsche goes to great lengths to cover and hide its trick Formula 1-style FRIC front suspension on the 919s, but when chassis setup or servicing is required, brief glimpses—and photos—of the hydraulically-interlined corners come to light.

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