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

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Despite its clever name, the 24 Hours of LeMons seldom holds actual 24-hour races, but this coming weekend brings out this rarest LeMons race configurations at Autobahn Country Club near Chicago. Indeed, “Doing Time in Joliet” will span 24 hours of racing, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. on Autobahn’s South Course and ending Sunday at the same time. This is the first 24-hour race since “Gator-O-Rama” at MSR Houston in September 2013 (which was won by humidity). As with most LeMons races at Autobahn since they started visiting Joliet in 2010, there’s a solid chance of rain, which would throw the race into utter chaos especially in the overnight hours.

That will surely create a war of attrition for the 98-car field and if you, the reader, are curious to know how it goes, fret not. I, your not-at-all-humble LeMons correspondent will be working a good chunk of the race as an honorary guest judge on the LeMons Supreme Court and will have a liveblog running right here on Hooniverse (Check the features at the top of the main page Saturday morning and then check back for updates). I may even try this fancy thing I keep hearing about called Periscope so you can watch snippets of the race live from my phone, but that depends heavily on my inability to use technology. Follow the jump for more preview!

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 17 to July 19

Eric Rood July 16, 2015 Motorsports

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Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse’s look ahead to the weekend for racing fans. This weekend is a bit lighter than usual for no particular reason, though like most weekends like this, the next weekend is packed full of good stuff. Nevertheless, maybe the best NASCAR race of the year comes after this weekend and you also get one of the most underrated IndyCar races on the season calendar. Pair that with some great rallying and hill climbing and you have yourself a nice little racing weekend.

Pro tip: Keep this page open all weekend or bookmark so you have all the resources handy. Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Pacific Northworst’ preview at The Ridge

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The 24 Hours of LeMons creeps into Washington state this weekend for a blast around the pretty-dang-new and mostly-completed Ridge Motorsports Park for the series’ fifth annual “Pacific Northworst” (and fourth at The Ridge). As with  most regions that only get one race a year, this one seems to bring out a great field with at least a quarter of the cars as somewhat oddball and offbeat racecars. That’s to be expected in the Pacific Northwest, where things are always a little different.

There’s no rain in the forecast and with the track’s long half-mile front straight, expect cars with a bit more horsepower to have a slight advantage. Like several recent races, this race’s 14-1/2 hours are split into two sessions with nine hours on Saturday and the final 5-1/2 on Sunday. Follow the jump for a deep dive into absurdity and a detailed picture of how the LeMons weekend may unfold in Shelton, Washington.

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Swedish V8 ThunderCars Southern rock song out-Americas NASCAR

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“That’s a hell of a nonsensical headline,” you might think. And you’re right, but NASCAR wishes someone like Swedish Southern rock outfit Psychosomatic Cowboys would write them a song like they did for the V8 ThunderCars series (which has a killer website). At this point, your head must be swimming with cognitive dissonance, so here are some answers:

(1) The Swedes love American cars. A lot.
(2) That’s Southern (American) rock, not Southern Swedish rock. I think. I don’t know if Southern Sweden is like the American South and the Psychosomatic Cowboy’s lead singer’s bass has a Confederate flag sticker on it. I have no concept of what they might possibly mean in Sweden. Truly, this whole Swedish Southern rock idea leaves more questions than answers.
(3) To that point, Psychosomatic Cowboys must be the strangest-ever name for a Southern rock band, possibly any band. Are they worried about caribou wrangling to the point of imagined illness? Or is this a complex mind-body disconnect caused by lonely Lapland nights? If so, they thankfully live in a place where they can get treatment for that from socialized medicine and thereby just become “Reasonably Healthy Cowboys” or “Better Work-Life Balance Cowboys.” Man, the rabbit hole just gets deeper…
(4) Anyway, on to cars. V8 ThunderCars is basically the Swedish analog of the current Trans-Am Series, although the field is almost entirely made up of Chevrolet Camaros. They typically run as a support series for the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, which is itself woefully lacking in Camëros.

Follow the jump for the video—which features some great V8 ThunderCar action shot at Mantorp Park—in all its Swedish-American glory.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 10 to July 12

Eric Rood July 9, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse’s look ahead to the weekend in racing. We’ve got a nice variety of racing, although it’s heavy on sports cars and silhouette racers. IndyCar races on the world’s oldest racetrack while American sports cars go north and those chaps Down Under will show the rest of the world again how to turn public streets into a racetrack, as they so often do. Don’t miss the best 25-hour race you’ve never heard of. Follow the jump for the full scoop and how to keep track of the racing.

Pro tip: Keep this page open all weekend or bookmark so you have all the resources handy. Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 3 to July 5

Eric Rood July 2, 2015 All Things Hoon

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This weekend finds the good ol’ U.S. of A. celebrating Independence Day on July 4, meaning that some race fans can get a big dose of Hell Yeah if they look in the right places. Rather than talk about current-event type things, let’s just take a look at what kind of kick-ass American (and American-style) racing is happening around the world and I guess we’ll even look at some of those fancy-pants series in other countries. Follow the jump to see what’s up and, if you’ve got the time, watch the U.S. vs. Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday. Alright, enough sportsing. Let’s talk about racin’.

[Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).]

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: June 26 to June 28

Eric Rood June 24, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s look ahead to who’s racing around the world over the next couple days. This weekend brings two of the world’s most famous hill climbs, American sports cars at two different classic American racetracks, and the finale of the FIA’s first all-electric racing series. There’s plenty more action from around the world, so check out the whole list after the jump.

Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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24 Hours of Le Mans: Das über-geek’s endurance racing hangover recap

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is over and the day-long knuckle twisting and head-scratching is now just a blurry memory, leaving a dull ache and vague impressions of LMP1 spaceship sounds. If you haven’t heard, Porsche won overall (as I predicted, although I picked the wrong car) for the first time since 1998 and Corvette Racing picked up their eighth victory in the program’s 16 tries at the track (Most race teams would love to bat .500 in big races). But those were only part of the stories, so naturally I did a bit of digging to see how things reached their ultimate conclusions.

Of course I did. My sleep-deprived excitement led me to look at some numbers ahead of the race and I’m also the guy who has examined the irreverent 24 Hours of LeMons under a microscope. So I suppose it’s only natural to
write about how the super-tough French race played out. Anyway, make the jump to dive into the strange depths of my mind, but do check out Daily SportsCar‘s coverage from Le Mans, including their own “By The Numbers” piece.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: June 19 to June 21

Eric Rood June 18, 2015 Motorsports

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This weekend bridges the gap between the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a busy one next weekend. Formula 1 returns to action while most of the major sports car racing series get a short break (but not all of them). This weekend features a nice variety of racing, from touring cars to big off-road trucks. Get the rundown after the jump.

Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Button Turrible’ preview at Buttonwillow

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The 24 Hours of LeMons’ annual visit to Buttonwillow Raceway Park in the California desert may be the very pinnacle of LeMons-dom: The race has typically been held there in the summer when high temperature peak at around 100 degrees. It’s no surprise, then, that this race goes by the monker of “Button Turrible.” Only the most dedicated LeMoneers suffer through this one, but the most dedicated crews tend to be the best and this race is no exception.

As expected, daytime temperatures should push 100 degrees every day this weekend, which will test both idiot and crappy machine equally. Saturday’s race features a three-hour break at 3 p.m. to beat the heat some while Sunday’s checkered flag comes early at 1:30 p.m. local time. This weekend will feature a full plate of sweaty, stinky racing. Follow the jump for an executive brief on what to expect.

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