Motorsports Weekend Guide: May 29 to May 31

Welcome to still another version of Hooniverse’s weekly guide to who’s racing where this coming weekend. One of the craziest races in the entire world starts this coming weekend while one of the world’s most prestigious race gets its one and only pre-event tune-up. Beyond that, there’s only a couple dozen more major races worth following. Make the jump to get the scoop(s).
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Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

While we only talkin’ ’bout practice for the TT this week, I thought I’d be ahead of the curve in mentioning the Isle of Man race to build excitement. Then My Life at Speed featured this great video that captures the general insanity and mind-blowing intensity of the event, held around 37-3/4 miles of the Snaefell Mountain Road on the island in the Irish Sea. Don’t let the name fool you; the riders who tackle the Isle of Man are anything but tourists. Top speeds in the top class have eclipsed 200 miles per hour and the lap record is just a tick over 17 minutes.
If that sounds insane, that’s because it absolutely is. It’s not hard to find an onboard video (like the one posted above) from the race that makes you pucker a few dozen times; the areas of peril are many, the margin for error is slim. Rest assured, this is potentially life-threatening. In a time when racing is as safe as it’s ever been, the Isle of Man remains the most dangerous racing, but the glory of winning the fastest bike race is worth it to the special breed drawn there.
Links: TT site. Schedule.
Coverage: Daily hour-long recap shows on Velocity during race (next) week.

IndyCar: Belle Isle Grand Prix

After a tumultuous Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar moves on with its season with a dash just a couple hours north to Detroit. The frantic and tremendous finish to the Indianapolis 500 was proof positive that the racing in IndyCar—even with the dark shadow of James Hinchcliffe’s near-fatal practice crash hanging over the race—is still good. Unfortunately, the racing at the tight confines of street races has been a mixed bag so far this year with the new aero kits, but like most street courses, expect starting position and pit strategy/execution to decide this one. The weekend features a doubleheader of races with one each Saturday and Sunday. Penske swept the doubleheader last year with Will Power and Helio Castroneves each winning.
Also on the bill for the weekend is a round of the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship featuring the Prototype, Prototype Challenge, and GT-Daytona classes. The GTLM classes are absent, notably because Corvette Racing will be testing at Le Mans. Pirelli World Challenge and the Formula Off-Road (formerly Stadium Super Trucks) also get two more rounds this weekend in a packed weekend program.
Links: IndyCar site. Belle Isle site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list with season points.
Support races: IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Pirelli World Challenge. SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road.
Coverage: Saturday & Sunday @ 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (TV) & live timing/audio on IndyCar Race Control. IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship – Saturday @ noon ET on FOX Sports 2 & Saturday @ 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (Replay). PWC – Live on and World Challenge TV (See schedule for times). Possibly live Sunday @ noon on CBS Sports Network.

MotoGP: Grand Prix of Italy (Mugello)

MotoGP has quickly become must-watch racing this year when it seemed before the season started like young Honda rider Marc Marquez would run away with his second consecutive championship. Instead, Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have been incredible while Marquez has run into a bit of a sophomore slump while his teammate Dani Pedrosa struggles with injury. To keep it interesting, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone have shown up with a resurgent bike to nab a bunch of podiums.
To keep it interestinger, the series now heads to Italy for the home race of Ducati, both of Ducati’s riders, and the ageless Rossi. Rossi won the event at Mugello seven consecutive times in the early and mid 2000s, but he’s not won it since 2008. With his resurgence, I think it’s a fair bet that once he gets the bit between his teech, he’s going to make a show of this one.
Links: MotoGP site. Mugello site.  Event page with schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Support races: Moto2. Moto3.
Coverage: Sunday @ 7:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and Sunday @ 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 (Delayed).. Moto2 – Sunday @ 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 (Delayed). Moto3 – Sunday @ 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 (Delayed).

World Endurance Championship: 24 Hours of LeMans Testing

Just as Isle of Man is only practicing this weekend, the WEC is headed for Le Mans for the only testing allowed at the Circuit de la Sarthe before race week. It may only be practice, but with the LMP1 field looking to put hybrid hypercars to warpspeed, the timing charts will be worth keeping an eye on. It’s doubtful anyone will attempt to smash the all-time lap record for any configuration this weekend, but the patient observer should have some idea of what to expect. It’ll also be interesting to see how the Nissan Nismo GT-R LM LMP1 engineers’ sums come out when testing the freshly minted beast with an official stopwatch running.
Our LMP1 predictions for the test weekend: Porsche notch 220 miles per hour in the speed traps, Audi runs a conservative program to check their engineering, Toyota carries some sandbags for a few hours, and Nissan…well, who really knows what to expect?
Links: WEC site. Le Mans site. Schedule. Entry list.
Coverage: Live and archived audio on Sessions are Sunday @ 4 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET.

MotoAmerica: Road America

The phalanx of bike-racing classes take on the National Park of Speed. Yes, this is MotoAmerica at Road America. Of note this weekend, the new KTM RC Cup—a spec junior racing class—will debut. This is roughly the equivalent of the FIM European Junior Cup in the World SuperBikes Championship and is the training ground for the next generation of world-class American bike racers.
Links: MotoAmerica site. Road America site.  Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Support races: Superstock 600. Supersport. KTM RC Cup.
Coverage: Live streaming on (See schedule for times). Delayed coverage on CBS Sports Network.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Fedex 400 Benefetting Autism Speaks (Dover International Speedway)

The Monster Mile—so named because the grounds of DIS are haunted by —hosts its first of two rounds this year. This is the first NASCAR weekend in some time to feature all three big rounds of the weekend. Jimmie Johnson is the undisputed king of Dover with nine wins there in 26 starts. That’s ridiculous.
Links: Sprint Cup site. Dover site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Support races: Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket 200 (Xfinity Series). Lucas Oil 200 (Camping World Truck Series)
Coverage: Sunday @ 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Xfinity Series – Saturday @ 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX. CWTS – Friday @ 5:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

Dunlop 24H Series: 12 Hours of Zandvoort

The Creventic-promoted series runs its home race at Zandvoort with a healthy entry list of cars running to the specs of GT3, Porsche Cup, GT4, and on down. Like the Mugello race, this is a two-session, 12-hour race with four hours Saturday and the final eight Sunday. I also just got some crazy deja vu writing this, unrelated to the race itself. That’s a bonus writing anecdote.
Links: 24H site. Zandvoort site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Points.
Coverage: Live coverage on Dunlop24H series.

Red Bull Air Race: Rovinj (Croatia)

In Croatia, the airplane racing series rips over the Adriatic Sea. This is good. You will like. Please to watch it.
Links: Air Race site. Event page with schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Coverage: Delayed coverage on FOX Sports.

DTM: Lausitzring

Look, DTM has a lot going for it: a big national fanbase, fast cars, U.S. broadcast, and incredible driving talent. Good on them. Sure, the driving can be a bit dull and there are inexplicably pit stops in a sub-hour race, but people seem to like it so let’s go with it. After struggling to find wins last year, Audi won both rounds at Hockenheim to start the season, so look for a resurgent Four Rings the rest of the year.
Links: DTM site. Lausitzring site. Event page with schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Support races: Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. German SuperBike Championship.
Coverage: Sunday @ 1:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

British GT: Silverstone

The UK’s national GT championship runs the series’ longest race of the year, a three-hour battle around the UK’s biggest venue.
Links: British GT site. Silverstone site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Support races: Ginetta GT5 Challenge. Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup. British Formula Four. Caterham Superlight R300.
Coverage: In the UK: Live on Motors TV. Everyone else: Too bad.

World Series by Renault: Spa Francorchamps

The full spectrum of WSBR racing heads to Spa after the top-billed Formula Renault 3.5 race with Formula 1 at Monaco.
Links: WSBR site. Spa site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list.
Support races: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Clio Cup Benelux & Clio Cup France.
Coverage: None in the U.S.

European Formula 3 Championship: Monza

What sometimes amounts to the Formula Renault 3.5 feeder series will also run this weekend at Italy’s historic Monza circuit. On the bill, as well, is the Italian GT series, which is a great venue for Ferrari vs. Audi in the GT3 class.
Links: Euro F3 site. Monza site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list.
Support races: Italian GT. Porsche Carrera Cup Italy. Seat Leon Cup. Italian Formula 4.
Coverage: Streaming live on Euro F3 site. Races are Saturday @ 5:30 a.m. ET, Saturday at 11:55 a.m. ET, and Sunday @ 5:10 a.m. ET. Italian GT – Streaming on Italian GT site. Races are Saturday @ 2:55 p.m. ET. & Sunday @ 9:30 a.m. ET.

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series: Lake Elsinore

The short-track off-road series visits its staple venue of Lake Elsinore just outside Los Angeles. The racing includes everything from huge Pro4 trucks to off-road karts for junior racers.
Links: LOORRS site. Lake Elsinore site. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Coverage: Delayed coverage on CBS Sports Network and MAVTV. See full schedule for listings.

ChampTruck World Series: Pikes Peak International Raceway

ChampTruck’s second round at Thunderhill Raceway enjoyed an eight-truck field. For an inaugural season, the series appears to be gaining a bit of momentum and will carry that to the PPIR roval this weekend.
Links: CTWS site. PPIR site. Event info with schedule. Season points.
Support races: ChumpCar World Series
Coverage: Live timing on Race Monitor app for smartphones and devices.

IHRA Nitro Jam: Summer Nationals (Cordova Dragway Park | Cordova, IL)

Drag racing in Tom Sawyer’s backyard? Better Rush to get tickets.
Get it? Like the Canadian progressive rock band from Toronto called Rush?
I’ll show myself out.
Links: IHRA site. Cordova site. Event page. Schedule. Season points.
Coverage: Delayed coverage on MAVTV in one-hour highlights.

TCR International: Salzburgring

Having watched a few rounds of the TCR series, I can tell you that it’s actually some pretty entertaining touring car racing with a field of fairly equal cars and at least a half field of top-tier drivers. The biggest thing working against the series is that they’re headlining races with no capacity to draw fans; aside from three F1 support dates, they need better billing to stick around.
Links: TCR site. Salzburgring site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Coverage: Live on TCR TV (YouTube). Races are Sunday @ 6:35 a.m. ET & 8:05 a.m. ET.

Turismo Carretera: Concepcion (Uruguay)

I’m pretty sure all of the Turismo Carretera tracks look exactly like the Autodromo de Concepcion’s circuit. Since this is stock car racing, the long laps (usually more than two miles) with only six or seven turns means lots of high-speed racing into low-speed corners, which actually produces great and popular (in Argentina, at least) racing.
Links: TC site.  Event page. Entry list. Season points.
Coverage: None in the U.S.

Scandinavian Touring Car Championship: Anderstorp Raceway

The STCC is great and all, but the support package includes a series called V8ThunderCars, which would basically be American Trans-Am Series racing with American pony cars except the field is entirely fifth-generation Camaros minus a single Mustang. Whatever. It’s good and the STCC isn’t half-bad, either.
Links: STCC site. Event page with schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Support races: V8THUNDERCARS!!! Swedish GT. V8THUNDERCARS!!! Formula Renault 1.6. V8THUNDERCARS!!!
Coverage: None in the U.S.

Canadian Touring Car Championship: Spring Challenge at Shannonville Motorsports Park

Links: CTCC site. Shannonville site. Event page. Entry list.
Coverage: None in the U.S.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 (Bowman-Gray Stadium | Winston-Salem, NC)

NASCAR’s annual Hall of Fame race takes place at the quarter-mile oval in Winston-Salem that was one of the earliest NASCAR properties. Racing is usually good at BGS and while the local races can get a bit silly, expect an old-fashioned on-track melee.
Links: K&N East site. Bowman-Gray site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Coverage: Delayed broadcast June 7 @ 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Shasta 150 (Shasta Speedway | Anderson, CA)

Meanwhile, NASCAR’s development series races at Shasta Speedway’s 3/8-mile oval in northern California. It’s not a Hall of Fame race, but the K&N races are usually a good chance to scout talent, which is exactly what all the big race shops are doing.
Links: K&N West site. Shasta site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. Season points.
Coverage: Delayed broadcast June 7 @ 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

SVRA: Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (Sonoma Raceway)

This is vintage racing at Sonoma Raceway. There’s no coverage outside of going, but when I checked I saw $60 for a weekend pass. Is that a lot? I have no concept of money because of all my riches from writing the Motorsport Weekend Guide.
Links: SVRA site. Sonoma site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list.
Coverage: Live timing on Race Monitor

SCCA Majors: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

The sports car club is racing at a sports car course! It’s like the planets were aligned when Mid-Ohio named the track to host sports car races. The entry list is sprawling for this, including a 63-car grid for the low-displacement tin-top racing group.
Links: SCCA site. Mid-Ohio site. Event page. Schedule. Entry list. .
Coverage: Live timing on SCCA Live site and on Race Monitor.

World Racing League: Texas World Speedway

Texas World Speedway will be closing soon and while I’m not sure if it’s been affected been flooding, this will almost certainly be the last racing at TWS before it becomes a housing development. On the docket: sprint races Friday, a two-hour endurance race on Saturday, and a 16-hour endurance race split into two sessions over Saturday and Sunday.
Links: WRL site. TWS site. Event page with schedule.
Coverage: Live timing on WRL site and on Race Monitor.
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  1. engineerd Avatar

    “I have no concept of money because of all my riches from writing the Motorsport Weekend Guide.”
    I chuckled.

  2. ninjacoco Avatar

    TWS *should* be okay. I don’t think the track is all that close to any big bodies of water. AFAIK, College Station was mostly OK, anyway.
    Looks like most of the tracks themselves here were spared. It’s mostly everything *around* Harris Hill that got completely fubar from the rain. 🙁 My usual shortcut to burritos is still under at least 10 feet of water, and there’s downed trees and crap everywhere along the roads. Houses with piles of debris out front. Horrible.
    The next person to play SRV’s “Texas Flood” and think they’re being super-clever deserves a gott dang punch in the face.