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Motorsports Weekend Guide: May 8 to May 10

Eric Rood May 7, 2015 Motorsports

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[Edit: Hey look, I forgot to write an introduction so I’ll add one now. There’s racing this weekend. Lots of it, especially open-wheel racing. Read about it after the yump.]

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: Bow before the zoomiest of Judgemobiles

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When the 24 Hours of LeMons rolls into a racetrack, race organizers tend to pack lightly and so they occasionally politely ask for some accommodations from local racers. At the recent LeMons race at Gingerman Raceway, LeMons Supreme Court Justice Steve McDaniel asked for a loaner vehicle that carried ample judicial gravitas to command respect in the paddock. Michigan team Flying Pigs Racing—who would also win the race with their winged, pink Ford Mustang—heeded the call and brought this immensely badass hot rod to loan the LeMons judges.

It is a utilitarian vehicle, having four wheels and a drivetrain (but not much else). From the second it its towering exhaust stacks hove into view at the far end of the paddock, however, it induced slack jaws throughout the LeMons paddock and if you’ve ever been in a LeMons paddock, you know how difficult that is to do.

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Apex every(shirt): Blipshift sells 20 classic shirts this weekend only

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The headline and photo pretty much say it all, but it bears repeating: Our buddies over at Blipshift are in fact selling these 20 shirts through Monday and only through Monday for their Apex Everything 2015 Sale. Since they normally only sell once T-shirt design per week, this is kind of a big deal for those who missed “The World is Flat” or “I am the one who knocks” the first time around. Just so they’re not selling the same shirt twice, Blipshift is offering each one in a different color from the original, which also gives those who already have one of these shirts the chance to match colors and justify buying more automotive apparel. If you buy five shirts, you get two pairs of casual dress socks with turbos and flat sixes on them. You want that. I want that. We all want that.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Southern Discomfort’ preview at CMP

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This weekend marks the second of three consecutive races for the 24 Hours of LeMons. A flying pig won last weekend’s race at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan and next weekend the series goes to New Jersey Motorsports Park, but this weekend is all about “Southern Discomfort.” LeMons has visited Carolina Motorsports Park more than any other racetrack—This is the 15th CMP event—and the Southern racers know how to LeMons.

Compared to the likely aggro racing expected in New Jersey, the 78 entries at CMP should be relatively well-behaved. As with any road racing, weather makes a huge difference and rain is often a factor at CMP, but early-week forecasts call for clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Follow the jump for more on the race.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: May 1 to May 3

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It must be time for the latest edition of the Motorsports Weekend Guide, wherein Hooniverse gives you a look at who’s racing what and where in the coming days. This weekend finds an entirely paved schedule with no off-road racing on our list, though there’s likely some to be found outside of our list. What you will find instead is plenty of sports car and tin-top racing while most of the big open-wheel series take a breather. Follow the jump for the details.

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: April 24 to April 26

Eric Rood April 23, 2015 Motorsports

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If last weekend was a hectic mish-mash of top-tier racing, this upcoming weekend’s races are a grab bag of eclectic tastes. Sure, the usual suspects like IndyCar, NASCAR, and the NHRA are in action, but you can also find some unique racing in the U.S. in both the professional and especially in the amateur realms. Additionally, a number of European series of perhaps a more obscure nature are available for those looking for a racing fix and many of them can be watched online for absolutely free.

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: ‘Cure for Gingervitis’ preview

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As was the case with the recently snowed-out race at Eagles Canyon Raceway, weather often plays a major role in 24 Hours of LeMons race weekends. Seldom has that been that case more regularly than at races at Gingerman Raceway in southwestern Michigan, especially at races in April. This year’s edition of “The Cure of Gingervitis” marks the sixth such annual race and when it hasn’t featured snow, the howling 20 miler-per-hour winds off nearby Lake Michigan have instead conspired to create what must be considered “trying” conditions.

Midwesterners are a hardy bunch, however, and will go out of their way to let you know how little the poor conditions bother them. “It’s fine,” they’ll say through chattering teeth. “I start riding my motorcycle by mid-February. This isn’t that bad.” When the weather is overlooked, the races at Gingerman are usually marked by friendly rivalry and a brutally taxing nine-plus-hour race session Saturday to accommodate for the track’s strict no-racing-before-noon policy (There’s a church across the road) on Sundays. Follow the jump for the rundown on the field and pay attention because this writer will be there in the flesh, acting as a member of the esteemed LeMons Supreme Court.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: April 17 to April 19

Eric Rood April 16, 2015 Motorsports

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Here we are on Hooniverse for another look ahead to the weekend in racing. This weekend sees America’s biggest street-circuit race and a full boat of motorcycle racing, not to mention a good-sized segment of amateur racing. There’s a bit for everyone, so read through the listings after the jump to find what you’re looking for.

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24 Hours of LeMons: A triumphant trio of rotting American iron race in Michigan

Eric Rood April 13, 2015 All Things Hoon

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It’s generally no surprise that imported cars tend to make up the bulk of the field at 24 Hours of LeMons races because most Japanese and even some German cars depreciate into $500 territory. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with irreverent low-dollar endurance racing series, the basic premise is: Bring a $500 car to go endurance racing for 14 to 24 hours over two days. The hooptier the better, so long as it meets fairly stringent (and budget-exempt) safety requirements. If you imagine most races to be made up of beater Hondas and long-depreciated BMWs, you’d be right.

But race organizers and racers get giddy when big American iron rolls onto the racetrack. and what better venue is there than Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway—almost equidistant between the Motor City and Chicago—to display the road racing (in)capabilities of two forgettable cheap Mopar personal luxury barges and surprisingly competent piece of General Motors machinery? At Gingerman last fall, these three V8 machines reanimated and stole the show from whatever piece of precision German engineering won, because, truly, winning a LeMons race is overrated and style matters. Follow the jump for details on these three behemoths, at least two of which should be returning to Gingerman in just over 10 days, when this correspondent heads up there to cover the race.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: April 10 to April 12

Eric Rood April 10, 2015 Motorsports

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The weekend is rapidly (or perhaps not-so-rapidly) approaching, which means it’s time for Hooniverse to look ahead to the coming weekend in racing. This weekend, coming on the heels of Easter, seems to mark the real beginning of the racing season rush, where something like 20 major racing series hold events every weekend for the next several months. This weekend finds some of the biggest series all racing around the globe, from the kick-off of international endurance-racing season to two-wheelers invading America to big rigs racing on two continents. Read about those and more 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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