Weekend Motorsports Guide: May 30 to June 1

MWG Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend finds a broad range of racing with the most extreme two-wheel derring-do, seriously heavy offroad racers, and just about everything in between. Make the jump to learn more about them.

  • Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

  • IndyCar and TUSC in Detroit

  • Formula Drift in Miami

  • MotoGP at Mugello

  • Another dozen or so series!

IOMTT Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Last weekend and throughou this week, the Isle of Man TT began practice and qualifying, but this weekend sees The Real Deal: Riders teetering on the very edge of oblivion astride their two-wheeled machines, ripping across 37 miles of the Isle’s closed public roads at more than 200 miles per hour. [Pause for audible gasps.] This is the most dangerous motorsports event in the world for obvious reasons and the superhuman effort required not only to survive it but also to win it shouldn’t be overlooked in the pantheon of human daredevilry. The races run through the middle of next week, as well. Website: Isle of Man TT siteWeekend schedule. Live coverage: Velocity TV late Saturday and early Saturday. See TV listings here.   IndyCar: Belle Isle Grand Prix (Detroit) After a tremendous Indianapolis 500, IndyCar trucks just a couple hundred miles north to Detroit for the Belle Isle Grand Prix. The 2.36-mile street circuit couldn’t be farther from the Brickyard’s massive oval: IndyCar’s pilots will have to navigate 14 narrow turns with no runoff, hoping for opportune passing moments. This will be 2014’s first two-race weekend with a race on Saturday and another Sunday. Mike Conway and Simon Pagenaud split last year’s offerings and they’re two of the best road course racers in the business, but the series’ deep field means that nearly everyone has a shot. IndyCar shares the Detroit weekend with three more heavy-hitting series. The Tudor United SportsCar Series will hold one race with the Prototype and GTD classes, not a terribly surprising move given that those were the classes run by Grand Am at Belle Isle in the past. Pirelli World Challenge tags along with its big GT and GTS classes for its own two-race weekend. And if that wasn’t enough, the spectacularly entertaining Stadium Super Trucks will launch over huge jumps and bob around corners on a couple feet of suspension travel during SST’s own doubleheader. Website: IndyCar site. Event page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: Tudor SportsCar Championship (Prototype/GTD). Pirelli World Challenge (GT/GTS). Stadium Super Trucks Live coverage: Indycar – Saturday & Sunday @ 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (TV) and SiriusXM Channel 213 (Satellite Radio); Timing, Scoring, and Streaming radio on IndyCar Race Control site. TUSC – Saturday @ 1:30 p.m. ET on FoxSports1 (TV). World Challenge – Saturday @ 10:05 a.m. & Sunday @ 11:00 a.m. on World-Challengetv.com (free streaming). Stadium Super Trucks – Tape-delayed broadcast run June 20.   FIA World Endurance Championship: 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day The Test Day for Le Mans is more than just a normal testing event; it gives fans and teams to see what the year’s crop of sportscar racers have to give at the 24-hour race, though some may have a sandbag or two attached. It will also be the first public outing of the innovative Garage 56 entry, Nissan’s electric ZEOD RC. Website: WEC site. Le Mans siteEntry list. Live coverage: Streaming audio on RadioLeMans.com.   Formula_Drift Formula DRIFT: Miami-Homestead Speedway I know I’m supposed to avoid the first person and all, but here’s an anecdote: I watched the Formula D event at Road Atlanta, the first time I ever watched drifting. While the rules are fairly simple, the somewhat hard-to-grasp judging and the occasional bro-heavy atmosphere drag it down a bit. Nevertheless, once you boil it down to its essentials (cars sliding sideways on the knife-edge of control mere inches apart), drifting is pretty darn entertaining. Formula D heads to Miami this weekend after stops in Long Beach and Road Atlanta. The 2009 series champion Chris Forsberg heads into the weekend leading the championship after finishing a close second in 2013. Website: Formula D site. Miami-Homestead siteEvent page with weekend schedule. Live coverage: Free streaming on series website.   MotoGP: Grand Prix of Italy (Mugello Circuit) Blurbs about MotoGP are all starting to sound the same at this point: Marc Marquez has yet to lose or even show any real sign of weakness. He’ll eventually not win a race, maybe, this year, but it seldom seems less exciting to watch the 20-year-old Spaniard win. Meanwhile, the battle for second in the championship is heating up with Marquez’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa just two points ahead of Yamaha rider and seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi. With Rossi’s immense fanbase in his home country, expect him to give the Hondas their money’s worth. Website: MotoGP site. Mugello siteEvent page with weekend schedule. Supporting series: Moto2 and Moto3.  Live coverage: Sunday @ 7:00 a.m. ET on FoxSports 1 (TV).   ARCA: Great Railing 150 (New Jersey Motorsports Park) It’s rare that one might find an ARCA weekend more exciting than NASCAR’s offerings, but it’s always entertaining to see burly stock cars tackling a proper road course. ARCA headlines the NJMP weekend with a 150-mile race while they’ll get support from another tube-frame road-racing series,  Trans Am. Rounding out the weekend will be Pirelli World Challenge’s touring car classes (TC, TCA, and TCB). Unfortunately, there’s no live coverage of it aside from timing, but if you’re attending, that lineups packs some serious wallop. Website: ARCA site. NJMP site. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Trans Am. Pirelli World Challenge (Touring Cars). Live coverage: No TV Coverage. Live timing of Trans Am and PWC both on RaceMonitor app for smartphone and devices.   NASCAR: FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks (Dover International Speedway) While ARCA tackles NJMP in southern New Jersey, NASCAR will run just across Delaware Bay at Dover International Speedway. For the first time in a long time, all three of the headline NASCAR series will run on the same weekend with Camping Trucks running late Friday afternoon and Nationwide getting the Saturday afternoon slot. Miles the Monster, a sort of permanent concrete Truckosaurus, overlooks the Dover’s Winner’s Circle for the one-mile oval. Weird. Website: NASCAR site. Dover siteWeekend schedule. Supporting series: Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It or Ticket (Nationwide). Lucas Oil 200 (Camping Trucks World Series). Live coverage: Sprint Cup – Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. EST on FOX (TV) and Motor Racing Network (Radio and streaming audio). Nationwide – Saturday @ 2:30 p.m. EST on ESPN (TV) and MRN (Radio/streaming audio). Camping Trucks – Friday @ 5:30 p.m. EST on FoxSports 1 (TV) and MRN (Radio/streaming).   NASCAR K&N East: NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 (Bowman Gray Stadium) The Home Tracks series gets the honor of hosting the Hall of Fame race at Winston-Salem’s Bowman Gray Stadium.  They’ll get support from the a few local series on the 1/4-mile oval, a nice short-track homage to most NASCAR racers’ roots. Website: NASCAR Home Tracks site. Bowman Gray sit Live coverage: None.   STPR Rally America: Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally The STPR marks the halfway point in the Rally America season with its fourth round in the woods of Pennsylvania. Welshman David Higgins leads the overall championship in his Subaru by 11 points from Travis Pastrana (and his Subaru). Meanwhile, veteran rally ace Andrew Comrie-Picard leads the 2WD class. As usual, the locals will drag out some interesting machinery, in this case a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle, a Toyota Yaris B-Spec car (possibly the only Yaris B-Spec car), a Ford Aspire, a first-generation Mazda RX-7, and a Porsche 944. Website: Rally America site. STPR siteSpectator guide with weekend schedule, entry list, and stage maps. Live coverage: Stage timing posted on RA site throughout weekend.   AMA Pro Road Racing: Road America Yeah, AMA Pro Road Racing is maybe not quite what it used to be, but who can really argue with American riders racing around one of the country’s most iconic circuits? And you can watch it for free on FansChoice.TV, who broadcast all the AMA Pro and Flat Track racing. Website: AMA site. Road America siteEvent page with weekend schedule and entry lists. Supporting series: AMA Pro SuperSport. AMA Pro Daytona SportBike. AMA Harley Davidson Series.  Live coverage: Live streaming on FansChoice.TV.   Lucas Oil Off Road: Wild West Motorsports Park (Sparks, NV) Off-road racing seems as big as it’s ever been with Lucas Oil Off Road, TORC, Baja, King of Hammers, and Stadium Super Trucks all in the American motorsports conscious. Lucas Oil feaures multiclass racing on dirt with the top PRO 4 class trucks flying and—forget all that: the LOOR website has paper truck cutouts! Website: Lucas Oil Off Road site. Weekend schedule. Live coverage: Tape-delay coverage on MAV-TV and CBS (Broadcast times here). Live timing on LOOR site.   British GT: Silverstone 500 Silverstone seems to host a big race event just about every weekend and this time around it’s British GT’s longest event, the three-hour Silverstone 500 (That’s 500 km, I think). The GT race will feature several first-rate GT3-spec machines from Aston Martin, Ferrari, BMW, and even one of the new Bentley Continentals, fresh off a Blancpain GT win at Silverstone. Legendary race team Ecurie Ecosse leads the drivers’ and teams’ championship in the top GT3 class, but consistent finishes from Beachdean AMR have put them only eight points down after three rounds. Website: British GT site. Silverstone siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Ginetta GT5 Championship. Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain. Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. Volkswagen Racing Club. BARC Clubmans Championship.  Live coverage: No coverage stateside.   DTM: Hungaroring Germany’s top touring cars take their tube-frame tuchuses (tuchi?) to Budapest for a run around Hungary’s top-tier track. After a dismal first round where all of their cars finished outside the Top 10, Mercedes and Christian Vietoris stormed back to take the win at Oschersleben last weekend. The weekend support series includes the usually-not-that-boring F3 European Championship. Website: DTM site. Hungaroring siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: Formula 3 European Championship. Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Maserati Trofeo.  Live coverage: Tape-delayed coverage stateside on Fox Sports 1, usually shown in the offseason. Live timing on DTM site.   Super_GT Super GT: Autopolis DTM’s Japanese sister series heads to the 2.9-mile Autopolis Circuit in southern Japan. I do really wish the U.S. had non-geoblocked live coverage of both DTM and Super GT. The #12 Calsonic Nissan GT-R leads the Top GT500 class while the #4 Goodsmile BMW Z4 GT3 car won both of this season’s rounds to date in the GT300 class. Website: Super GT site. Autopolis site (in Japanese)Event pageEntry list. Supporting series: GT Asia. Live coverage: None stateside, unfortunately.   Dunlop Creventic 24H Series: 12 Hours of Zandvoort The Creventic series is really an interesting concept, taking in everything from GT3-spec machines to diesel hatchbacks in long-form endurance races on major tracks like Holland’s big circuit. The centerpiece remains the Dubai 24 Hours, but Zandvoort should produce some good multiclass racing where traffic and a narrow racing surface combine to keep things interesting. Looking for a favorite to win outright? Bet heavily on the #1, #2, or #33 Mercedes SLS GT3s, all of which have solid drive lineups. Website: Creventic site. Zandvoort siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: DMV Touring Car Championship (Danish touring cars) Live coverage: Free live streaming on 24H site.   NHRA: Toyota SummerNationals (Old Bridge Township Raceway Park | Englishtown, NJ) Courtney Force claimed the 100th NHRA win by a woman last weekend. Drag racing remains the form of motorsports where women have been most successful and it only seems too fitting that honor fell to a member of the Force family. This weekend finds the fastest racecars on the planet traveling to Englishtown, just outside of New York. Website: NHRA site. Old Bridge siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Qualifying – Saturday @ 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Eliminations – Sunday @ 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.   baja_deutschland Baja Deutschland: Sachsen Rally I won’t claim to know much about this one-off race in Germany, but it sure looks interesting. Racing series with quads, motorbikes, and trucks of varying sizes ripping through the European mud? That ticks a lot of boxes. Website: Baja Deutschland siteWeekend schedule. Live coverage: You should probably just go there.   World Series by Renault: Spa-Francorchamps World Series by Renault is really a traveling circus of open-wheel formula cars, usually supported by an assortment of regional subseries. The Formula Renault 3.5 and Formula Renault 2.0 remain the top draw and this weekend will also feature local Clio Cup and Formula Renault 1.6 series. Of the whole field, probably only a couple will ever drive an F1 car wheel to wheel, but the top-level WSR series have also been a good farm system for sportscar racing. Website: WSR site. Spa siteEvent page with weekend schedule.  Supporting series: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Clio Cup Benelux and Clio Cup Central Europe. Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Europe.  Live coverage: Live timing on WSR site.   Auto GP: Monza Europe’s Auto GP series is not unlike World Series by Renault: open-wheel formula with racers competing at a high level and local series supporting them. However, it’s generally not considered as strong a proving ground as the Renault series. Nevertheless, if you can’t watch any race at Italy’s high-speed Monza and be entertained, I’m not sure you’re entertainable. Website: Auto GP site. Monza siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: Porsche Carrera Cup Italia. Mini Challenge. Campionato Italiano Gran Turismo. Castrol Cupra Cup.  Live coverage: Live on Eurosport on the continent. Nothing stateside.   SCCA Majors Tour: Mid-Ohio The SCCA Majors Tour rolls on, this weekend falling under the umbrella of the North Region and also serving as a stop on the BF Goodrich Super Tour. Mid-Ohio is one of the hallmarks of American club racing and it will draw the usual middle-American field of approximately a billion Spec Racer Fords and Spec Miatas (actually 38 and 32, respectively) to go with a good mix of touring cars, prototypes, open-wheelers, and American Iron. Website: Majors Tour site. Mid-Ohio siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Live timing on Majors site or on RaceMonitor app for smartphones and devices.   SCCA National Challenge RallyCross: Glen Helen Raceway The SCCA’s rallycross (not to be confused with World RallyCross or Global RallyCross…think autocross on dirt) will run at San Bernadino’s Glen Helen Raceway, a dirt-racer’s paradise in California. The entry list sports a lot of cars you’d expect to see (Subarus and the like), but the two-wheel-drive class features a Toyota Echo. Regular Car RallyCross! Website: National Challenge site. Glen Helen siteEvent page. Weekend schedule/supplemental regulations. Entry list. Live coverage: None.   Skip_Barber Skip Barber Series: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Some of the U.S.’s open-wheel stars get their start in the Skip Barber Series, a relatively low-cost training ground for the next generation of race drivers. The best of the series usually ends up with a scholarship that helps place them in the Road to Indy ladder. Website: Skip Barber site. Laguna Seca site. Event page. Live coverage: Live timing possibly on RaceMonitor app for smartphones and devices   24 Hours of LeMons: Miller Motorsports Park LeMons makes its first foray into the desert near the Great Salt Lake for “Return of the LeMonites.” Read our full preview here. Website: LeMons site. MMP siteEvent page. Live coverage: Live timing on RaceMonitor app for smartphones and devices   World Racing League: Brainerd International Raceway After the series debuted two months ago at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Texas to a pretty successful turnout, the WRL returns from its hiatus to head to BIR as the first of three rounds on consecutive weekends. Car counts sound promising with the likely draw of several non-crapcan entries. Website: WRL site. BIR siteEvent page supplements with weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing on RaceMonitor app for smartphones and devices   [Lead photo copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Eric Rood | Other photos: Isle of Man TT, Formula Drift, STPR.org, SuperGT.net, Baja Deutschland, SkipBarber.com]

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