Motorsports Weekend Guide: August 8 to August 10

MWG Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This weekend is a relatively slow one in terms of quantity, but the racing’s quality will remain particularly high. Top-level motorcycle racing returns to the U.S., NASCAR runs one of this writer’s favorite races, and the Tudor championship will race at America’s National Park of Speed. See what the heck we’re talking about after the jump, where we discuss the following upcoming races:

  • MotoGP at Indy

  • NASCAR on a road course

  • Sportscars at Road America

  • A delightful variety of crapcan racing

  • And a few more!

MotoGP MotoGP: Indianapolis Grand Prix (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) The Marc Marquez show rolls into Indy with the Spanish phenom riding high on what has been, quite literally, a perfect season. The Honda rider has won all nine MotoGP rounds this year and the U.S. has been particularly good to him in his career. Marquez won his first Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas last year and has yet to lose on American soil since. Really, the only storylines left this year are (1) Can Marquez sweep the entire season and (2) Will Dani Pedrosa hold off Valentino Rossi for second place in the championship (And does P2 in the championship really matter)? Website: MotoGP site. IMS site. Event page with weekend schedule. Supporting series: Moto2. Moto3. AMA Pro Road Racing. Live coverage: Sunday @ 2 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 (TV).   NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen (Watkins Glen International) Having attended Sprint Cup’s only other road course race on the calendar, I can attest that 3,400-pound stock cars are highly entertaining when they turn right. Former V8 Supercars champion Marcus Ambrose won at Watkins Glen in five consecutive years (between Nationwide and Sprint Cup), but Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart also have four and five wins each, respectively. That said, just about anything can happen in a race like this where a single punt can make it virtually impossible for a top driver to come back through the field. This is perhaps even more important at Watkins Glen, where Sprint Cup shoves 43 cars on the shorter 2.454-mile course. The race weekend will also feature the annual Nationwide race Saturday and the K&N East series’ first trip to the Glen since 2009. Both will likely feature several drivers pulling double duty. Road course ringers like Boris Said (returning after a huge shunt in an IMSA race), Tomy Drissi, and Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive in one or both series, but anymore those kinds of ringers drive on lower-budget teams with decreased chances of competing. Still, it’s always good to see Boris Said in the middle of a NASCAR scrum. Website: Sprint Cup site. WGI site. Event page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Zippo 200 at the Glen (Nationwide). Bully Hill Vineyards 125 (K&N Pro Series East). Live coverage: Sunday @ 1 p.m. ET on ESPN (TV) and Motor Racing Network (Radio/Streaming). Nationwide – Saturday @ 2:15 p.m. ET on ABC (TV) and MRN (Radio/Streaming).   Tudor United SportsCar Series: Road America Road America’s four-mile circuit of ups and downs through Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine region are truly a national treasure and top-flight sportscar racing has been the track’s bread and butter for all of its nearly six decades. IMSA’s Tudor championship makes its first foray to Road America since joining together the country’s two big sportscar series and it will be interesting to see how the LMP2-based and the Daytona-Prototype-based cars meet out over the long circuit. On the one hand, long straights and acceleration off slower corners favors the DPs, but the LMP2s should have a distinct advantage in high-speed corners like the Carousel and the Kink. This race will also feature the DeltaWing’s return after a devastating fire scorched the unique prototype at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The weekend also features a characteristic mix of solid TUSC support races with the Continental Tire Challenge always providing entertainment. If you get a chance, check out the GT3 Cup races on The spec series of Porsches not only looks great, it also produces close racing with up-and-coming superstars. And what could possibly be more iconic than Porsches racing around Road America? Website: TUSC site. Road America site. Event page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA. Cooper Prototype Lites. Playboy MX-5 Cup Live coverage: Sunday @ 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Continental Challenge – Livestream on on Saturday @ 12:15 p.m. ET. Porsche GT3 Cup  – Livestream on   NASCAR_Trois_Rivieres NASCAR Canadian Tire Series: Grand Prix Trois Rivieres This is really a doubleheader on the famed Quebec circuit. NASCAR’s Canadian series headlines the weekend at the famous 1.53-mile street circuit, but the weekend will be shared with the FIA World RallyCross’ round in Canada. There’s no TV coverage of it in the U.S. and I believe all CTS races are delayed broadcast in Canada, but it’s quite a spectacle to see hulking stock cars hustle around a temporary street circuit that includes a massive arch. Driver Andrew Ranger has won four of the last seven races at Trois Rivieres and another win would give him the most career wins (20) in series history. As for World RallyCross, Tanner Foust will continue as a part-time entrant in the series while full-time driver Jacques Villeneuve will drive in front of a friendly French Canadian crowd. Website: NCTS site. Trois Rivieres site. Event page Supporting series: FIA World RallyCrossCanadian Touring Car Championship. Canadian Supercar Series. Porsche GT3 Cup Canada. Live coverage: World RallyCross live on RX site.   Super GT: Fuji Speedway It’s really a shame that there is U.S. coverage of Japan’s touring-car series. The cars in the top GT500 class are built on the same platform as DTM’s cars, except they run turbocharged four-cylinder engines as of this year and the racing usually exceeds DTM’s in terms of excitement if not also talent. However, the real gem of Super GT might be the lower GT300 class, which features a mix that includes tubeframe versios of JDM cars like the Prius and CR-Z alongside FIA GT3-spec cars like the BMW Z4 GT3. The two types are surprisingly balanced in performance and the two classes together make traffic management a huge part of the racing. Website: Super GT site. Fuji Speedway site. Event page. Entry list. Live coverage: None stateside, unfortunately.   ADAC GT Masters: Slovakiaring The German GT-racing series packs up and heads to Slovakia. It would be very easy to call this a national GT series and never think about it twice, but the caliber of drivers is simply world-class with many drivers from the two Blancpain series getting seat time in the same cars in the ADAC series. Technically, this is a shared ADAC weekend with their Formula series, but the quality of the GT racing really makes it the headline event if you care at all for sportscars. Website: GT Masters site. Slovakia Ring site. Event page with weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: ADAC Formula Masters. ADAC Formula 3 Cup. ADAC Procar. Renault Clio Cup Central Europe. Live coverage: Delayed highlights on Fox Sports 2 only.   Berlin_Raceway_ARCA ARCA: Federated Auto Parts 200 (Berlin Raceway | Marne, MI) The “other” stockcar sanctioning body really fires on all cylinders in the Midwest and they’ll tackle the unique challenge of Berlin Raceway’s 7/16-mile oval. Not only is the track an odd length, it also features a complete lack of any wall whatsoever on the back straight, which is actually just a slightly-less-curved section of the track. To me, the thought of plunging off the edge of the track onto a berm is a bit nuts, but what do I know? Well, I do know after looking at the track’s site that they have $1 beer and $1 hot dogs, so maybe I’ll have to plan attendance to this race next year. Website: ARCA site. Berlin Raceway site. Event page with weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: No TV coverage from Berlin.   ChumpCar World Series: Virginia International Raceway 24 Hours The weekend features three rather large crapcan races, but Chump’s annual visit to VIR for a 24-hour race is truly epic. The race tends to draw a massive field, including a number of pro teams driving crappy cars, for the run around the 4.1-mile Grand West course. As with most East Coast races, drivers can get a heavy dose of red mist, but expect this to be a veritable who’s who of ChumpCar. Further, we know at least one team is trying to break the 24-hour distance record for a biodiesel-powered car by running a Golf TDI for the entire distance. I have no idea what the record is, but they surely can’t do much worse than Top Gear’s attempt with a diesel BMW at the Britcar 24. 24-hour race. Epic and with huge fields on Grand West 4.1-mile course. Website: CCWS site. VIR site. Event supplemental rules with weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing on CCWS site and on Race Monitor for smartphones and devices.   ChumpCar World Series: Las Vegas Motor Speedway Out West, ChumpCar will take on Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a one-day, 13-hour marathon. This will be an extremely high-speed race that uses nearly the entire oval before diving into the road course. As such, expect horsepower to reign supreme and more than a couple engines to go up in smoke. Website: CCWS site. LVMS siteEvent supplemental rules with weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing on CCWS site and on Race Monitor for smartphones and devices.   24 Hours of LeMons: New Jersey Motorsports Park It’s possible that LeMons will lose a few teams to the VIR 24 this weekend, but they’ll not suffer much for it with 130 entries on NJMP’s Thunderbolt course. East Coast LeMons racers also get The Red Mist, so it could be a race where surviving and clean driving decide the winner(s). See our preview for the full scoop. Website: LeMons site. NJMP site. Event page with weekend schedule. Entry list. Hooniverse preview. Live coverage: Live timing on Specialty Timing and on Race Monitor for smartphones and devices.   [Lead photo copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Eric Rood | Other photos: MotoGP, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series]

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