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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ [LIVEBLOG]

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[Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.]

Happy Saturday from Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois! We’re here for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet, a 14-hour crapcan endurance race featuring everything from BMW 3 Series to a Volkswagen Squareback wagon. As has been the case at the previous two installments of LeMons live coverage on Hooniverse, this writer will spend the weekend on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court alongside automotive writer Murilee Martin and LeMons racer/master builder Marc Labranche.

You can find Hooniverse’s preview of the race here and keep a browser tab open for the unofficial entry list, to which I may or may not have added classes by the time this is posted. Go to Specialty Timing’s website to find live timing here or you can get it from the Race Monitor app for your smartphone or device. Want to participate or request some coverage? Leave a comment and I’ll oblige as I’m able. Today’s 14-hour race starts at 10 a.m. CST and slogs on into the dark, ending at midnight CST. At 5 p.m. CST, the track will switch over from the 2.1-mile South Course to the 3.56-mile Full Course. Keep checking back throughout the day for updates, standings, photos, and more. Or come back after the race is over and relive the glories, failures, and general frenzy that is LeMons.

Time stamps are all CST and new updates will appear at the bottom of the story.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 25 to July 27

Eric Rood July 24, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend’s events are overshadowed almost entirely by the Race Formerly Known as the Brickyard 400 and its bevy of support races, but you can also find a good variety of North American grassroots racing and a 24-hour race in Yurp to whet your motorsports appetite. Get the details after the jump.

  • NASCAR and Friends at and around Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

  • A Hungary F1 (Those puns never get old, right?)

  • The 24 Hours of LeMons, featuring live updates here on Hooniverse!

  • And a whole boatload more!

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ preview

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[Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.]

The 24 Hours of LeMons has been in its “experimental college student” phase this year, it seems, testing out the waters of sprint racing and visiting new circuits. This weekend, the crapcan series rolls into prestigious Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, but the race format brings a twist: Rather than run a 24-hour race or a two-session race, LeMons will run a non-stop 14-hour race—”Doing Time in Joliet“—Saturday with the checkered flag at midnight. Additionally, Autobahn’s setup includes a North, South, and Full Course layout. The last four races at Autobahn have run the South Course. This race will run the same, except at the race’s halfway point (5 p.m. local), track workers will reconfigure the circuit to add on the 3.56-mile Full Course. LeMons at Autobahn has experienced pretty much a 50/50 split in terms of having foul weather and early-week forecasts call for a 30 percent chance of rain over the weekend.

Most importantly for our readers, this LeMons correspondent will spend Friday and Saturday in BS Inspection and the Penalty Box, respectively, as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court. With the (Dis)Honorable Murilee Martin manning the gavel  at his 100th race (!) and judicial newcomer/radial-engine-Toyota-MR2 (above) builder Marc Labranche co-judging, this should allow me to post live updates to Hooniverse again as the race unfolds. Intriguing setup for a great LeMons race? Almost certainly. Read on after the jump for the details.

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Motorsport Weekend Guide: July 18 to July 20

Eric Rood July 17, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend (and into next week) is a bumper crop of super-serious racing and also a variety of events that promise to deliver pure fun. Get the scoop after the jump on these things and more.

  • IndyCar & a great show in Toronto

  • NASCAR trucks on a dirt oval (next week)

  • eXtreme Motorsports extravaganza in the U.S.

  • NASCAR on the Nurburgring (Really!)

  • And a whole boatload more!

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Pacific Northworst’ preview

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The Pacific Northwest remains the United States’ best kept secret, mostly because the people are weird and the rest of the country is mildly ashamed of it. Or so the television tells me and I always believe everything I watch on TV and the Internet (I‘m on to love you, Illuminati Dance Overlords Faithful Stewards of Mankind). Dang, I almost made it a paragraph without a pointless, useless aside that insulted the American region with the most Hooniverse readers.

But nevermind that; the 24 Hours of LeMons is headed to Washington state for its annual regional race, the “Pacific Northworst” at The Ridge Motorsports Park this weekend. Because a LeMons weekend isn’t hectic enough, some bizarre twists in the track management have left the facility unavailable for LeMons inspections and overnight camping on Friday. This means that all BS and technical inspections will be conducted Saturday after teams flood through the gate and unload their jalopies in hastily hewn paddock spaces. What could possibly go wrong?

The teams that best manage their pre-race frenzy and pass tech without issue will have a leg up with the green flag dropping just three hours after inspections open. Make the jump to see who to expect (to break down and/or catch on fire) on The Ridge’s long straights and dastardly elevation changes (above). Or, for those not interested in verbose pre-race chronicles, you can get the unofficial entry list here.

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Motorsport Weekend Guide: July 11 to July 13

Eric Rood July 10, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. After a busy Independence Day last weekend, the next few days looks pretty tame. Motorcycle s might top the list of breathtaking racing ventures while IndyCar is in the middle of a busy stretch-run until the season’s late-August conclusion. Get the scoop on these races after the jump:

  • World Superbikes at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

  • MotoGP in Germany

  • Tudor United SportsCar Championship’s lone international race

  • IndyCar in Iowa

  • And a whole boatload more!

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Motorsport Weekend Guide: July 4 to July 6

Eric Rood July 3, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend includes America’s Independence Day (Friday) and races that follow it on the long weekend. The listing after the jump are placed in descending order of American-ness.

  • American racing

  • More American racing

  • Canadian racing

  • The most tyrannical of Grand Prixs

  • And a whole boatload more!

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Humidi TT’ preview

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Since the 1950s, Florida has been one of the hotbeds of endurance racing, hosting the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona (at Daytona) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (at Sebring). This weekend, the 24 Hours of LeMons drops by Sebring International Raceway in a less-than-prestigious manner on America’s Independence Day weekend for the “Humidi TT.” As one might imagine at a circuit hewn from the swamps for the bumpy concrete of a World War II airfield, summer days are rife with miserable weather. Early-week forecasts call for highs in mid-90s with a good chance of rain and approximately 2,000 percent humidity.

Maybe it’s Florida’s location far from most teams’ bases, maybe it’s the holiday weekend, or maybe it’s the wretched weather, but the Humidi TT sees only 28 entries, meaning racers should find plenty of space on the full 3.74-mile Sebring circuit. The field is the smallest since 2012′s Season Ender at Eagles Canyon Raceway (32 starters) and 2011′s race at Grand Bayou (18 starters). Nevertheless, what the race lacks in quantity, it should more than make up for in quality. Peruse the unofficial entry list here and make the jump for a short preview of the race.

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American Muscle designs homage concepts for next-generation Mustang

Eric Rood June 30, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Ford has yet to offer the redesigned 2015 Mustang for sale yet, but pony-car aftermarket supplier America Muscle have already designed appearance packages for the new platform to capture the styling cues of previous-generation Mustangs. As the S550 Mustangwhich for the first time sports independent rear suspension and brings back the turbocharged four-cylinder optionis yet available, the parts for the American Muscle packages are not for sale either. However, conceptualized trio includes Mustang bits based on Bullitt, Eleanor, and the Iacocca Anniversary Mustang.

  • The Bullitt package, based on the Mustang driven by Steve McQueen’s title character’s from Bullitt, pays tribute to the film’s 1968 Mustang fastback with Dark Highland Green paint, quarter-window louvres, and “Bullitt” style rally wheels.
  • Eleanor also takes its cues from a film car, the coveted 1971 Mustang Sportsroof from1974′s “Gone in 60 Seconds” (and its 2000 remake), with paint stripes, Shelby-style wheels, massive side scoops, and side-exit exhaust.
  • Finally, the Iacocca version mashes up the Iacocca-inspired 45th-anniversary edition S197-chassis Mustang  and it includes clean lines and some extra-shiny silver paint.

More on the package concepts and the parts to be included can be found on American Muscle’s site.

[Photo source: American Muscle]

Motorsport Weekend Guide: June 27 to June 29

Eric Rood June 26, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend features America’s two biggest hill climbs, a bit of sportscars, a lot of racing on dirt and gravel, and a wide variety of tin-tops. Read about these and more after the jump:

  • Pikes Peak & Mount Washington hill climbs

  • TUSC Six Hours at the Glen

  • IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston

  • MotoGP at Assen TT

  • And a whole boatload more!

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