Motorsports Weekend Guide: January 30 to February 1

Welcome to Hooniverse’s guide to who is racing what and where they’re racing. Football takes precedence this weekend so if you’re watching the Super Bowl, keep your eyes peeled for Nissan unveiling their new LMP1 racecar during an ad break. Sure, the car has already been spotted Hooniverse friend Stef Schrader (aka ninjacoco around these parts), but hopefully we’ll get clear picture and maybe even some confirmation of the speculation from Michael Fuller over at Mulsanne’s Corner. Anyway, the weekend’s racing is a bit light otherwise, but follow the jump to see who’s racing in the coming days.


Rally America: Sno*Drift

Get it? Do you get it? The asterisk is like a snowflake because Rally America’s season opener takes place on the snowy forest roads near the tip of the Michigan Mitten’s Middle Finger. Hooniverse reguler engineerd made the journey to Sno*Drift not too long ago and that post is worth (re)discovering. Unfortunately, Steve Nowicki’s sweet Plymouth Fire Arrow is not on the entry list this year, which is a massive disappointment.
On the entry list, however, is David Higgins. Higgins is the defending Rally America champion with four consecutive championships (2011-2014) and six total RA titles (2002 and 2003 to boot) and this year he and co-driver Craig Drew will both be sitting firmly in a factory-supported 2015 Subaru WRX STI. I’d be very surprised if Higgins failed to win the title again this year, but stranger things have happened.
Fun fact: The United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctions Rally America.
Website: Rally America site. Sno*Drift site. Entry List. Schedule. Rally guide. Stage maps!
Live coverage: No live coverage. Delayed TV highlights on NBC Sports Network eventually, maybe. Stage results posted on R-A site.

Historic Sportscar Racing: Palm Beach International Raceway

The Historic Palm Beach Grand Prixrace opens the HSR season and in just a few weeks, they’ll be at Sebring International Raceway in support of the 12 Hour of Sebring. What will be at Palm Beach? Some incredible stuff: a 1966 Ford GT40, pro driver Gunnar Jeannette in a Porsche RS Spyder LMP2, two Elva Mark VIIs, all kinds of Porsches, at least three BMW CSL 3500s, and a ground-shaking 2004 Panoz GTS.
Website: HSR site. PBIR site. Event page. Entry list. Schedule.
Live coverage: Live timing on Race Monitor app for smartphones and devices.

[Lead photo copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Eric Rood | Other image: Rally America]

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  1. smokyburnout Avatar

    RallyX On Ice should've started this weekend, but the ice didn't cooperate

  2. AlfaMale164S Avatar

    I watched as they setup to film the Nissan bit that will air during the Superbowl. Very cool and unique car. Very cool camera stuff done to make what should be a cool scene. I know I'll be watching the ad during the Seahawk's beating of the Pats..

  3. engineerd™ Avatar

    With the miniengineerd™ here and my parents coming into town this weekend to visit, I sadly will miss Sno*Drift again.
    There's always next year…
    Fun fact, I've met David Higgins. Super nice guy and an awesome driver. I like to root for him, but now that he's a defending champ and driving with full factory support it makes it feel…I don't know…too easy?

    1. skitter Avatar

      You have seen him do amazing things, and you want to see him do more amazing things.
      There is no dishonor in that.

      1. Eric Rood Avatar
        Eric Rood

        Agreed. Higgins winning is pretty much a foregone conclusion but like Seb Loeb for nine years, that doesn't make him any less spectacular to watch.