Motorsports Weekend Guide: June 6 to June 8

MWG Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This is a big weekend if you like playing in the dirt, if you like racing in Canada, if you like IndyCar and NASCAR playing nicely together, if you like touring cars, and even if you like some sportscar racing. Here’s what to look for and what you can read more about after the jump:

  • SCORE Baja 500

  • F1 Canadian Grand Prix

  • Global RallyCross/Stadium SuperTrucks in Austin

  • IndyCar and NASCAR trucks at TMS

  • Another dozen or so series!

SCORE SCORE International Off-Road Racing: Baja 500 The SCORE series sends its myriad of truck, car, quad, and motorcycles out into the Mexican desert of Baja California for a grueling 500-mile race. The Baja 500 covers one lap of a massive circuit, unlike the later and much longer point-to-point Baja 1000 in November. At this point in the season, championship points almost don’t matter because the 1000 counts for so much more that its winners will likely take home season championships, too. But if you’re racing or following this series to see who’s crowned series champions, you’re probably missing the point. Website: SCORE site.  Weekend schedule. Entry list. Maps! Live coverage: See SCORE Live! and Dirt Live! for streaming coverage.   Formula One: Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve) The Lewis and Rosberg show rolls into North America  for its annual round in Montreal on the 2.71-mile circuit named for a national motorsports hero. The intrasquad rivalry at Mercedes seems to be heating up after Nico Rosberg outperformed his teammate/rival Lewis Hamilton at Monaco, where perennial punching bags Marussia managed to score points and found themselves sans Champagne to celebrate since the crew had consumed all the booze the night before the race. Nevertheless, the Canadian GP tends to reward the best drivers and punish the tiniest mistakes; expect at least one driver to leave tire marks and scrapes along the famous “Wall of Champions.” No one’s looked remotely capable of beating Mercedes yet and don’t expect that to change, but look for good racing behind P1 and P2, where everything still seems up for grabs. Except Caterham. They’re still hopeless. Website: F1 site. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: Ferrari Challenge North America. Canadian Touring Car Championship. Masters HGP. Formula 1600 Live coverage: Sunday @ 2 p.m. EST on NBC (TV). Live timing on F1 site.   Global RallyCross and Stadium Super Trucks: X Games (Circuit of the Americas) Sweet sassy molassy is this some kind of sinergy (Am I using that word right?): Extreme sports like skateboarding (and other events that I’m too lazy to look up) invade the “weirdest” city in America paired with the two yumpingest, dirtiest, and most eXtreme American motorsports series. They will of course roar around Circuit of the Americas, yumping, getting dirty, and eXtreming. GRC runs Saturday with live coverage while SST will be featured Sunday, SUNDAY, SOMEDAY! Website: GRC site. SST siteCircuit of the Americas siteEvent page. Live coverage: GRC – Saturday @ 3 p.m. EST on ABC (TV). SST – Sunday @ noon EST on ESPN (TV).   IndyCar: Texas Motor Speedway (Ft. Worth, TX) IndyCar heads to its second oval of the year, the high-speed 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway circuit. Last weekend’s results in Detroit shook up the point standings, knocking Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay to third behind Will Power and Helio Castroneves, two veterans still looking for their first IndyCar championships. To add to the intrigue, Castroneves and Hunter-Reay finished 1-2 at TMS last year with Power finishing a solid P7. There’s still a long way to go in 2014, but those three are more than 50 points ahead of the rest of the field. IndyCar shares the weekend with NASCAR’s Camping World Trucks Series, which some will tell you has a tremendously talented field. Website: IndyCar site. TMS siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Live coverage: Saturday @ 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC Sports (TV) and SiriusXM 209 (Satellite radio). Free streaming audio on IndyCar Race Control site.   Pocono NASCAR: Pocono 400 (Pocono Raceway | Long Pond, PA) Pocono remains one of the strangest circuits on the NASCAR calendar, a 2.5-mile scalene triangle that runs almost like a road course because of its corner’s angles. Here’s a weird thing going on in NASCAR: Matt Kenseth leads the season championship points but hasn’t won a race yet, unlike the eight drivers behind him in the championship. This presents the possibility that the points leader, having run consistently all year, doesn’t make the season-ending chase because a win gets you in. NASCAR shares the weekend with ARCA, whose Saturday race is the first of seven consecutive ARCA races with TV coverage. Website: NASCAR site. Pocono site.  Weekend schedule. Supporting series: Pocono 200 (ARCA) Live coverage:NASCAR – Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. on TNT (TV) and Motor Racing Network (Radio/Streaming audio). ARCA – Saturday @ 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (TV).   NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: American Speedfest II (Brands Hatch) I’ve not much followed NASCAR’s European Series, which in 2014 runs a single 1/3-mile oval and then several road courses (including the Nurburgring and Le Mans Bugatti Circuit). Their four-race visit to the UK’s Brands Hatch Circuit comes as part of “American Speedfest,” which sounds like  an awesome weekend of British stereotypes of the states complete with NASCAR, truck racing, and vintage V8s blasting around Brands. There’s no live coverage, but I sure wish I was going. Website: Whelen Euro site. Brands Hatch siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: Pickup Truck Racing. Quaife Intermarque Championship. Big Bangers of Brands. Bernie’s V8s. Radical SR1 Cup. Radical SR3 Challenge. Champions of Brands (Formula Ford). Live coverage: None.   FIA World Rally Championship: Rally Sardinia The WRC, aka the Volkswagen Motorsports Show, heads to Italy’s second-largest island, which Wikipedia tells me is actually an autonomous region of Italy. However, this counts as Italy’s round of the WRC championship. I’d love to tell you about championship intrigue, but there just isn’t any. Volkswagen will win the manufacturers’ championship and VW driver Sebastian Ogier leads his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala by 24 points with no one remotely near them in the standings. If you like rooting for underdogs, give a cheer to Thierry Neuville, who finished the Mexico round on the podium by filling his busted radiator with an oversized Corona. Website: WRC site. Rally Sardinia siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Maps! Live coverage: WRC Live with streaming audio and possibly video.   World Superbike: Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia) World Superbikes heads to Asia for a quick bite, running Malaysia’s long, loping circuit. Defending champion and Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes swept his second weekend of the year at the last round at Donington Park to open up his lead to 26 points. Fellow Britishman Jonathan Rea sits P2 in the championship with his Honda with a weekend sweep of his own at Imola this year. This is the first time Sepang has hosted World Superbikes, so it’s really an open weekend for the racers. Website: World SBK site. Sepang siteEvent page with weekend schedule. Supporting series: Super Sport series. Live coverage: Two races Sunday @ 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on beIN TV.   Tudor United Sports Car Championship: The Grand Prix of Kansas (Kansas Speedway) This counts as an oddball round of the inaugural TUSC season. With some events, IMSA has excluded classes to fit the track or paddock requirements. This seems like a single race to fulfill with Kansas Speedway contractual obligations that went hand-in-hand with TUSC predecessor Grand-Am’s dealings with the track. I’ll stop opining now, though I (and probably several teams involved) could go on. What makes this an oddball is the format: Only the top series’ PC class runs at Kansas in two 45-minute races. They’ll be, interestingly enough, paired with the Cooper Prototype Lites field on the track, who usually run their own race and are perhaps not used to sharing the circuit with faster cars. Tagging along is the usual support series, the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge, a diverse series that should keep it fairly interesting on Kansas’ otherwise-not-that-exciting six-turn, 2.37-mile roval course. Website: TUSC site. Kansas Speedway siteEvent page with weekend schedule. PC Entry list. Supporting series: Cooper Tires Prototype Lites. Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. Live coverage: Saturday @ 5:15 p.m. ET and 11:15 p.m. ET.   BTCC British Touring Car Championship: Oulton Park You know what I love about British racing? All of their circuits have cool, extremely British names for their corners. Oulton Park is no exception with Deer Leap, Cascades, and Knickerbrook. And, of course, there’s a Druids Corner, which may or may not be a requirement on all British circuits. Whatever else you can say about the track, Oulton Park usually brings a good crowd for BTCC events and almost always hosts one of a given BTCC season’s four or five altercations between rivals Jason Plato and Matt Neal, who have between them won more than half the races at Oulton Park in the last four seasons. Website: BTCC site. Oulton Park siteEvent page. Weekend schedule Supporting series: Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Ginetta GT4 Super Cup. Renault UK Clio Cup. HSCC Super TouringCar Championship. Live coverage: Saturday @ 12:45 p.m. ET and Sunday @ noon ET.   World Touring Car Championship: Moscow Raceway (Moscow, Russia) The WTCC’s round at Moscow comes fresh off the announcement that the U.S. round at Sonoma Raceway has been canceled for “logistics problems” to be replaced by a second round in China, so I hardly expect anyone in the U.S. to care much about WTCC. This is exacerbated by the utter domination of the series by Citroen, a manufacturer that hasn’t sold cars stateside in several decades. Still, the starpower of Sebastien Loeb, Yvan Muller, and surprise superstar Jose Maria Lopez for Citroen creates a sort-of rivalry within the team until the team tells them to stop racing each other so they don’t wreck. Not at all related to adding a second Chinese round: Citroen will add a fourth car for Moscow with Ma Qing Hua from China driving it. Website: WTCC site. Moscow siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Live coverage: No TV in the U.S. Live timing here.   Britcar: Spa-Francorchamps The British sportscar series remains fairly grassroots, but if nothing else, the race weekend in Belgium is truly an international event: British headliner, Franco-Italian Renaul series, French Clios, and Dutch Supercars. I’ll have mine with a Trappist ale, thank  you. Website: Britcar site. Spa siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Formula Renault 2.0 Alps. Clio Cup France. Dutch Supercar Challenge. Mitjet Series Live coverage: None.   GT_Open International GT Open: Algarve International Circuit (Portimao, Portugal) As of this writing, GT Open hadn’t released an official entry list. But I did notice that Ferrari specialists AF Corse run 458 Italias in the series, so it can be an official series (They run dozens and dozens of GT3 and GTE Ferraris every weekend). This is a practice ground for some of the world’s most experienced GT drivers and a training ground for some up-and-comers. Website: GT Open site. Portimao siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: EuroFormula Open Live coverage: Saturday @ 10 a.m. ET & Sunday @ 6 a.m. ET. Motors TV outside the U.S.   ADAC GT Masters: Red Bull Ring Spielberg (Austria) Germany’s national series (plural) also serve as terrific practice for veteran drivers and newcomers alike. This race finds ADAC traveling outside Germany to Austria to the circuit formerly known as the A1 Ring. Website: ADAC siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Formula ADAC. Formula 3 Germany. ADA Procar. Live coverage: Saturday & Sunday @ 6 a.m. ET (No TV in U.S.). Live timing here. Tape-delayed TV in the U.S., probably during “offseason.”   FIA European Truck Racing Series: Circuito de Navarra The FIA’s big-rig racing heads to Spain for another standard four-race weekend. I’ve actually yet to watch a race weekend of this, but the 2.44-mile in northern Spain includes enough hairpins to keep the heavy-hitting race hairy. Website: ETRS site with weekend schedule. Navarra siteEntry list. Live coverage: None in the U.S. Tape-delayed highlights on Motors TV outside the U.S.   SVRA: Brickyard Vintage For a very long time, the hallowed ground of Indianapolis Motor Speedway were relegated only to the top tier of racing: the Indy 500, Formula One, MotoGP, and NASCAR. This unprecedented vintage racing weekend at the Brickyard shows in its 15-page entry list how long many amateurs have waited to turn their wheels on one of the world’s iconic racetracks, using the newly freshened roval circuit. That said, a number of Indy 500 legends will run an exhibition on the oval using vintage 500 cars. Surely, that’s worth the price of admission alone. Website: SVRA site. IMS siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Live timing via RaceMonitor app for smartphone and devices.   SCCA Majors Tour: New Jersey Motorsports Park I’ve run out of lead sentences for the Majors Tour, having used “…rolls on…” too often. But the SCCA’s big-time regional races go to Millville and NJMP for another weekend. Website: Majors Tour site. NJMP siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing on SCCA Live! site or via RaceMonitor app for smartphone and devices.   atlantic SCCA Atlantic Series: VIRginia International Raceway The SCCA’s “Pro Racing” Atlantics series likely contains a good number of amateurs in its three tiers, but who could resist the siren song of high-performance open-wheelers at VIR? The Atlantics Series encompasses three different levels that race independently: Formula Atlantic (16-valve Toyota or Cosworth engines), Formula 2000 (Ford 2.0-liter engines of various makes and vintages), and Formula 1600 (formerly Formula Ford, using 1.6-liter Ford engine or 1.5-liter Honda from a Fit). Website: Atlantics site. VIR siteWeekend schedule. Supporting series: Formula 2000 and Formula 1600. Live coverage: Live timing on Atlantics site or via RaceMonitor app for smartphone and devices.   NASA Western Endurance Racing Championship: Buttonwillow Raceway Park The WERC runs a three-hour endurance race at Buttonwillow this weekend. The endurance series is pretty small fries in terms of the racing world at large, but expect to see some of these competitors testing, tuning, and tweaking for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill at the year’s end. Website: WERC site. Buttonwillow siteEvent page. Live coverage: Live timing via RaceMonitor app for smartphone and devices (Under NASA SoCal Region.)   SCCA National Challenge RallyCross: Southeast National Challenge (Hollytree Off-Road | Paint Rock Valley, Alabama) This is one of two National Challenge RallyCrosses (SCCA rallycross = autocross on dirt) this weekend. As always with SCCA rallycross, I love checking the entry list for oddballs among the usual Subaru fare. This event’s includes: a Mazda Protege5, a Nissan Frontier, five BMW E30s (CHEATURZ!!!!11!), a Toyota Hilux, a ’73 Volkswagen Beetle, an FC Mazda RX-7, two Miatas, and a Ford Focus ZX3 (notable because that’s what this writer drives every day). Website: National RallyCross site. Hollytree siteEvent page. Entry list. Live coverage: None, but if you’re going, it’s probably hella fun.   SCCA National Challenge RallyCross: Rocky Mountain National Challenge (Colorado Off-Road Extreme | Deer Trail, CO) This is one of two National Challenge RallyCrosses (SCCA rallycross = autocross on dirt) this weekend. As always with SCCA rallycross, I love checking the entry list for oddballs among the usual Subaru fare. This event’s includes: Nissan NX2000, Chevy Beretta, Plymouth Laser (not actually that far-fetched), Volvo 144, and a Plymouth Arrow GT. Website: National RallyCross site. CORE siteEvent page. Entry list. Live coverage: None, but if you’re going, it’s probably hella fun.   World Racing League: High Plains Raceway After a successful second weekend at Brainerd Interntional Raceway, the WRL trucks to its second of three consecutive weekends. This race comes at the lonely drone-hunting hub of Deer Trail, Colorado (also hosting the above-mentioned rallycross event). The multiclass racing seems to have worked well so far for the WRL and this writer is excited to see how the series grows in 2014. Website: WRL site. High Plains siteSupplemental rules with weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing via RaceMonitor app for smartphone and devices.   [Lead photo copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Eric Rood | Other photos: K&N Filters, NASCAR, BTCC, GT Open , SCCA    

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