Motorsports Weekend Guide: May 23 to May 25

MWG Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This holiday weekend (in the U.S. at least) is annually one of the high points of worldwide motorsport with the world’s biggest race, the world’s swankiest race, the world’s most dangerous race, and the world’s fastest crapcan race (among a few other superlatives, likely). Get the scoop on the following races and more after the jump:

  • Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar)

  • Monaco Grand Prix (Formula One)

  • Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

  • The Coca-Cola 600 (NASCAR)

  • 14 Hours of Daytona (ChumpCar)

INDY_500 IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway once again hosts United States’ most historic and highest-profile motor race on its traditional Memorial Day weekend race. If you’re reading this, chances are that you already know the 2.5-mile oval is home to the grueling 200-lap, 500-mile battle. If you missed the weeks of practice and qualifying drumming up to the big event this year, you may have missed that Ed Carpenter claimed the pole with the fastest average speed in more than 10 years at 231.067 mph over four laps. Expect a fast race with a lot of star power. For a good laugh, read the Nuvo “Guide for Indy 500 virgins.” If you can, be sure to catch the Indy Lights race on Saturday at noon EST on NBC Sports Network. The Speeds aren’t nearly as high, but the old spec chassis can produce some tremendous oval racing on the big course, as last year’s insane four-abreast finish at the Freedom 100 meted out (Seriously, watch that video). Website: IndyCar siteIndianapolis 500 siteEvent page with session times. Starting grid. Supporting series: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Live coverage: Pre-race show begins Sunday @ 11:00 a.m. EST on ABC (TV) and with streaming radio/audio on IndyCar Race Control’s site.   Pro Mazda and USF2000: Night Before the 500 (LucasOil Raceway) The two Road to Indy series will partake in the Indianapolis festivities with short races on nearby LucasOil Raceway’s 0.686-mile oval. The former Indianapolis Raceway Park will also host the USAC National Mopar Midget Series on Saturday. Down the road and earlier in the week, USAC’s Silver Crown cars will run the Hoosier Hundred on the Indiana State Fairgrounds one-mile oval while Anderson Speedway north of Indianapolis hosts its annual Little 500 with 33 cars starting three-wide on the quarter-mile oval. In case you hadn’t caught on, this is the week where Indiana goes absolutely motorsports mad in the one weekend per year where the state gets international attention. If you can’t find a race to watch in the state this week, then you’re just not trying. Website: Road to Indy site. LucasOil Raceway page. Weekend schedule. Live coverage: NBC Sports Network, allegedly, for the Road to Indy races.   Formula One: Monaco Grand Prix As has become the tradition, F1 also holds Monaco on Indianapolis weekend, allowing race fans watch two of the most prestigious races in the world nearly back to back. The top drivers will wind their way through the historic and extremely tight streets of Monte Carlo’s seaside. It is a circuit as rife with history as Indianapolis and the 7:30 start time means that open-wheel fans will get a tidy couple of hours before the Indy 500 ceremonies get underway. Lest anyone forget the storylines headed into Monaco, Mercedes has still yet to lose or even appear vulnerable to the rest of the field, who are still struggling to catch up. Monaco’s treacherously narrow streets make passing extremely difficult, so a good qualifying position and flawless pit stops are key to winning at Monaco. It may be well worth your while to catch Monaco qualifying at 8:00 a.m. EST on Saturday on NBC Sports Network. Website: F1 site. Monaco GP site. Event page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: GP2Porsche SuperCupFormula Renault 3.5. Live coverage: Sunday @ 7:30 a.m. EST on NBC Sports (TV).   Isle of Man Tourist Trophy If formula racing still has two races too many or if you just plain like the idea of absolute nutters taking to two wheels on closed public roads at breakneck speed, then check out the Isle of Man TT.  The motorcycles only time trials is absolutely the most dangerous motorsports event in the world, as the small island in the Irish Sea features treacherous winding roads that leave nearly no margin for error. The event is full of every bit as much history as Indy or Monaco, having run for the first time in 1907. The action stretches out for a whole week starting this weekend. Website: Isle of Man TT site. Event schedule. Live coverage: Recap coverage on Velocity in the U.S. RallyCross FIA World RallyCross: Great Britain (Lydden Hill) Tucked away in England’s southeast corner, Lydden Hill is as close to France as it is London. Yet the tiny circuit will host the second round of FIA World RallyCross’ season and it holds in its 0.87 miles the very genesis of the sports of rallycross. Lydden Hill hosted the first such event in 1967 and has been a staple of European rallycross ever since. After former WRC pilot Petter Solberg won the opening round in Portugal, expect any of a number of stern-faced Northern Europeans to give Hollywood a run for his money. Website: World RallyX site. Lydden Hill site. Event page with weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Live and free streaming video here.   Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Lime Rock Park IMSA’s top sportscar supporting series heads to Connecticut’s gorgeous circuit for its first standalone race of the season. Lime Rock’s 1.5-mile bullring has always produced breathtaking sportscar racing with its unique set of seven corners that includes a singler left-hand turn (It’s called The Left Hander) and a steep downhill dive to the front straight (It’s called The Downhill). Because of the Continental Challenge’s high car counts, the series will split each class into its own race with the Street Tuner (ST) cars racing early Saturday at 9:10 a.m. ET and the higher-power Grand Sport (GS) class taking the afternoon slot at 2:15 p.m. Website: CTSCC site. Lime Rock site. Event page with weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Porsche GT3 Cup U.S. Live coverage: No TV indicated on the CTSCC site.   Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone Circuit If you were needing a race to bridge the gap between F1 at Monaco and the Indy 500, you should be able to catch at least part of the three-hour Blancpain race at Silverstone on the free web stream. This first-rate GT3-spec series sees a wide variety of machinery, including the new Bentley Boys running on their home turf with their Continental GT3s. Website: Blancpain site. Silverstone site. Event page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European CupBritish F3 International. Live coverage: Free streaming video on the Blancpain site Sunday at 9:55 a.m. EST.   ADAC ADAC: GT Masters, Lausitzring Germany’s top national sanctioning body schedules weekends full of formula and historic racers, but the GT Masters is really the spectacle. The field sees a tremendous variety of GT3-spec machinery, albeit some of it older and some of it converted from GTE specifications. Regardless, the racing is good and the driver lineups are absolutely stacked with the continent’s top GT drivers. Website: GT Masters site. Lausitzring site. Event page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Supporting series: Volkswagen Castrol Cup. ADAC Formula Masters. ADAC Procar. Formula 3 Cup. ADAC Historic Formula. ADAC Historic Touring Cars.  Live coverage: Live timing on ADAC site.   NASCAR: Coca Cola 600 (Charlotte Motor Speedway) NASCAR’s big race at Charlotte once again twilights the immense Sunday of motorsports, closing with 600 miles around the 1.5-mile oval. It’s a good chance to live and breathe motorsports or at least leave it on in the background all day while you enjoy some grilled food, a beverage or two, and some good company. Of note, Kurt Busch will hustle to Charlotte after his IndyCar debut at the 500 in Indianapolis. If all goes well, he may rack up 1,100 miles of racing with another few hundred transit miles thrown in for good measure. Website: NASCAR site. CMS site. Event page Supporting series: Nationwide. Live coverage: Sprint Cup – Sunday @ 6:00 p.m. EST on FOX (TV) and Performance Racing Network (Radio/Streaming Audio). Nationwide – Saturday @ 2:45 p.m. EST on ABC (TV) and PRN (Radio/Streaming Audio).   NHRA: Kansas Nationals (Heartland Park | Topeka, KS) The NHRA does drag racing in Kansas. I still don’t know much about drag racing; feel free to enlighten me in the comments. Website: NHRA site. Topeka siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Qualifying – Saturday @ 6:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2. Eliminations – Sunday @ 10:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2.   World Superbikes: Donington Park It’s a full and diverse motorsports weekend in the British Isles with the Isle of Man, Blancpain, BTRA (see below), and World SBK all running. Want some intrigue? Honda rider Jonathan Rea vaulted himself into the points lead after sweeping both races at Imola. He now comes home to the British Isles with four points in hand over fellow Brit and Yamaha rider Tom Sykes. Website: World SBK site. Donington Park siteEvent page with weekend schedule. Supporting series: SuperSport FIM World Championship. Euro Junior Cup. Live coverage:    FIA World Touring Car Championship: Salzburgring Miserable weather foiled the WTCC’s last round at Slovakiaring, so they series now moves on to Austria. After Honda at last bested the Citroen’s in Hungary, Citroen’s poster boy Sebastien Loeb struck back with a win in Slovakia, his second of the year, which vaulted him ahead of teammate Yvan Muller for second in the season points but still 25 points behind Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez. Website: WTCC site. Salzburgring siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Supporting series: FIA European Touring Car Championship. Seat Leon Supercup. Suzuki Swift Cup Europe. Abarth Cup. Live coverage: Two races Sunday @ 6:50 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. EST.   USTCC U.S. Touring Car Championship: Thunderhill Raceway Park The USTCC isn’t really a big deal compared to other national touring car championships. In fact, it’s entirely limited to races in California and Nevada. Nevertheless, a variety of machinery comprises the field, which will compete as part of the NASA NorCal region’s weekend at Thunderhill. Website: USTCC site. Thunderhill siteEntry list. Supporting series: NASA NorCal regional weekend. Live coverage: Live timing via RaceMonitor App for smartphones and devices.   FIA European Truck Racing Championship: Misano World Circuit Truck racing is big in a lot of places. Well, truck racing is big wherever it goes because the race vehicles themselves are enormous. But in Brazil and in Europe, it draws some immense crowds. The FIA’s series opens its season at Italy’s Misano near the Adriatic Coast, where the biggest racers on the continent will tackle a course most famous for hosting tiny two-wheeled rockets from MotoGP. Website: ETRC site. Misano site. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Live timing on Misano site.   BTRA_Haining British Truck Racing Association: Pembrey Chris Haining flew the Hooniverse flag at a BTRA meeting earlier this year and the series will run another round at Pembrey. The behemoths are nothing if not entertaining and with ChumpCar World Series founder John Condren planning on bringing big-rig racing stateside, this could be American entertainment as well. Website: BTRA site. Pembrey Wikipedia page (because I’m not sure they have an official site). Event pageEntry list. Live coverage: Delayed coverage on Motors TV in the U.K.   SCCA Majors Tour: Pueblo Motorsports Park The SCCA stops in Colorado for a visit to the (relatively) newly reopened circuit at Pueblo. I’ve spoken before about the regional differences in SCCA with regard to car counts; this race sees a high number of E-Production and F-Production machines. Website: Majors Tour site. Pueblo siteEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Live timing on series website here or via RaceMonitor App for smartphones and devices.   SCCA Majors Tour: Pacific Raceways Pacific Raceways hosts another stop on the Majors Tour. Winners earn themselves a spot in the Runoffs this fall at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Website: Majors Tour site. Pacific RacewaysEvent page. Weekend schedule. Entry list. Live coverage: Live timing on series website here or via RaceMonitor App for smartphones and devices.   ChumpCar World Series: Daytona International Speedway For the third consecutive year, ChumpCar spends its Memorial Day weekend at Daytona, the other big center of American motorsport. Running the same roval course used for the Rolex 24, Chumps will attempt to keep their cars together over 14 hours while the fastest in the field drive well into triple digits around the banked oval sections of DIS. Website: ChumpCar site. DIS site. Supplemental regulations with Weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing on series website here or via RaceMonitor App for smartphones and devices.   ChumpCar World Series: Watkins Glen For the first time, Chump will also occupy another historic American circuit, this time with a three-race weekend at Watkins Glen International. Weather drenched at least some of the weekend at least year’s WGI Chump races, but hopefully at least some dry weather will linger for the three races. Website: ChumpCar site. WGI site. Supplemental regulations with Weekend schedule. Live coverage: Live timing on series website here or via RaceMonitor App for smartphones and devices.   Racing somewhere? Did I forget a series? Weigh into the comments section.   Follow Eric Rood on Twitter and on Facebook. [Lead image copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Eric Rood; Bottom photo copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Chris Haining | Other photos: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, FIA, ADAC,,

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