Motorsport Weekend Guide: July 18 to July 20

Eric Rood July 17, 2014 Motorsports


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Motorsports Weekend Guide: June 20 to June 22

Eric Rood June 19, 2014 Motorsports


Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend follows up the world’s biggest endurance race at Le Mans with another 24-hour race in the neighboring country. American stock cars will race an uncharacteristic variety of circuits while the “Thunderschleife” opens its tarmac this weekend. Read about those races and whole lot more after the jump.

  • The Nürburgring 24 Hours

  • NASCAR on road courses!

  • Formula Drift and Global RallyCross on the East Coast

  • The SCCA opening America’s new longest race circuit

  • And a whole boatload more!

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Button Terrible’ preview


The 24 Hours of LeMons makes no secret about its business model when it comes to picking dates: They rent tracks when the demand is generally low because that’s when they get deals and, consequently, when the races become affordable. As one might well imagine, seasonal weather plays a significant role in this demand. That’s why it frequently snows at Gingerman Raceway’s spring races, but this weekend, the LeMons faithful foray into California’s desert for the series’ annual scorching-hot race. While it once was rightly called “Arse-Sweat-A-Palooza,” this year’s (and last year’s) June race at Buttonwillow Raceway Park has been rechristened “Button Terrible” as a nod to LeMonspeak for “That’s really awful” (i.e. “Butt Turrible”).

Last year’s Buttonwillow race saw high temperatures exceeding 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 C to the Yurpeans who frequent this site), meaning LeMons organizers halted the race  at least once to give drivers a chance to hydrate and cool off. This weekend, early-week weather forecasts suggest high temperatures below 100 degrees, which will be downright pleasant by comparison, though still hot enough to plague both driver and machine. Slogging through 14-1/2 hours of the race necessitates an iron will and good preparation, but don’t be surprised if onlt half of the 119 cars on the unofficial entry list are still running at Sunday’s checkered flag.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: June 13 to June 15

Eric Rood June 12, 2014 Motorsports


Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend features one of the biggest motor races in the world just two weeks after the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. You’ll also get some stock cars, some drag racing, one of the oldest road race weekends in America, and a couple more events in Europe. Follow the jump for the details.

  • The 24 Hours of Le Mans

  • Moto GP’s at Catalunya

  • RallyCross in Hell

  • The SCCA’s June Sprints at Road America

  • And a little bit more!

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