An Intimate Look Inside the Private Lives of the Most Famous Drivers of NASCAR
About The Authors
Anita Rich was born in Devon, England, and has traveled around the world, living for extended periods in England, The Channel Islands, the Caribbean. For the last 10 years she has made her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, with it's rich racing tradition, a majority of the team headquarters, and the future home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Anita is a long time artist, painter, and photographer who has worked in many different styles. Her talent, and her gifted eye, brings out the life and soul of the subjects of her art. She is a perfectionist, dedicated and hardworking, unrelenting in obtaining the best quality in all of her work.
She has been happily married for 23 years to her husband Jody, and has 2 beautiful children, Ashley and John.
Robin Dallenbach has been in motorsports all of her life. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, she started racing Quarter Midgets at age eight and racing professionally at 14, eventually competing in two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1982. She has raced late-model stock cars on asphalt and dirt tracks and has competed in road races. She has worked as a precision driver in car commercials, as a driving instructor for driving events and new car introductions, and as a stunt double and stunt driver in several movies. Robin has been happily married for 23 years to commentator, driver, and media personality Wally Dallenbach Jr.
They have three children, Jake, Wyatt, and Kate, who are all race car drivers in their own rights. They currently make their home in San Antonio, Texas.
About The Book
Anita and Robin first met through their children at school, and their friendship quickly developed.While Anitaís first introduction into the world of motorsports came when she moved to Kannapolis, North Carolina in 1997, Robin has been in the racing community practically all of her life.
Anita became curious about the real lives, and the families, of the drivers and other personalities, and was excited with her vision that an artistic black and white coffee table book could bring this unique view to the rapidly-growing base of racing fans. In 2005 she flew to Texas, and met with Robin to discuss her vision, and did the first photo shoot for the book. Robinís enthusiastic response prompted them to join together, and the Portraits of NASCAR project was born.
Over the next 2 years, Robin used her extensive knowledge, connections, and friendships within the racing community which was the access to the stars and personalities in the sport. She was a familiar face to put them at ease during the photo shoots and interviews. Anita put her artistic talents to work, shooting the photographs, creating the layouts, and designing the book. Anita and Robin have worked closely together on the project, supported each other, and consulted on management and direction together.