September 30, 2010
Scirocket II did not have the best outing in the April LeMons race at GingerMan, racking up more penalties than were technically permissable. Somehow, we managed to get back on track and finish the race. In anticipation of what might happen in the two upcoming midwest races in October, Chief Perp Jay Lamm picked ten teams to document their experiences in the back-to-back 384 Hour challenge with a super-cool LeMons FlipCam. We made the cut, presumably in the “least promising” category: it seems these guys might have had some bad experiences with VWs in general! We’re taking this mission to heart – I’ll be linking over the vids as the LeMons crew get them posted!
September 15, 2010
Car Domain members looking for a place to race your ride where the Po-Po won’t mind? How about a very famous place, like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca? Oh, you don’t have a racing license to compete there? That has already been resolved. The Dawn 2 Dusk 500 Challenge is a seven hour enduro at Laguna Seca and if you and a few friends have been to at least two High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) events and your car can pass tech inspection, you can compete in one of the seven classes (everything from ChumpCars, ALMS cars and even Hybrids). A full write up on the logistics of the event can be found at Speed:Sport:Life or by going to the Dawn 2 Dusk 500 Challenge website at www.d2d500.com. Photography by Jennifer Brotchie.
April 22, 2010
I think Scirocket Racing set a rather undesirable record this weekend at the 24 Hours of LeMons American Irony race: Most Tires Ever Bolted to a LeMons Car. After a penalty-plagued saturday that ended with us putting the car on the trailer at 7:30, we pleaded with the Powers That Be to send out our two un-flagged drivers on sunday. Luck and Lamm smiled on us, and out we went for five and a half hours of racing that miraculously only included one flag near the end of the day. Of course, we got piled on by the judges, who’d had enough of our unusual ability to avoid actually serving penalties, and had to find those six tires, paint them, and get them firmly attached to the car. We managed to find a set of kart tires for four of them. Once we were able to stop laughing at ourselves, we got back out on track and are pretty darned happy to be the first Scirocco to finish a LeMons under its own power.
March 22, 2010
Earlier this week we showed you how the Car Domain entry (Krider Racing/Big Sausage Pizza Delivery) won the “Good Class” at the 24 Hours of LeMons Sears Pointless. Well, the team’s infamous Big Sausage t-shirt made an appearance on the newest episode of The Smoking Tire. Matt Farah donned one of the infamous red Big Sausage Pizza Delivery shirts as he test drove a red Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
March 16, 2010
The 24 Hours of LeMons Sears Pointless race last weekend was host to 148 teams racing $500 cars. Once the checkered flag dropped on Saturday night, then the action switched from the world famous twelve turn technical road course of Infineon Raceway to a sloped four lane wooden straight track for teams racing $5 cars –pinewood derby cars. That’s right, dad finally gets to build and race the car!
Since it was a LeMons event, cheating was actually encouraged in the derby. Check out which car won, and how they got it done at Speed:Sport:Life.
March 15, 2010
The Krider Racing Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura Integra, sporting the CarDomain decals on the rear quarter panels, finished second overall and won the “good class” at the 24 Hours of LeMons Sears Pointless event. The team’s success was due in large part to the hard work of the Men in Black, Krider Racing’s pit crew, who had the fastest pit stops at the event. To read more on the team’s win, go to Speed:Sport:Life.
March 10, 2010
A giant tow truck and a LeMons car! Check out Henry, the enormous tow truck that my buddies Andy and Ben picked up for three stacks at a fire sale here in Detroit. It’s got a custom bed that cost almost as much as they paid for the truck. Tilt, slide, winch, and a funky fifth foot that lifts the entire rear end of the truck up over a foot. The cab folds forward to access the Cummins Diesel powerplant. The LeMons car on the back? That’s Darius, the $330 Supra from the dark side. The remaining $3? A Harbor Freight plate frame. These guys are totally nuts. What’s the craziest thing you can get for three large? Can you top Henry?
By John Coyle
This in-car footage from the 24 Hours of LeMons shows exactly how quick things can go sideways when a bunch of cars are being driven in anger. This racer makes some contact while overtaking some slower cars, and the disruption winds up putting him into the wall. Obviously, nobody wants to crash out of contention, but there’s got to be some consolation if the incident at least looks burly. Maybe it’s the old skateboarder in me talking, but I think that upside down and on fire is a bad-ass way to go out!
December 2, 2009
Most of us car guys don’t have the enormous budget it takes to run a serious race team. Heck, I don’t have enough cash to fuel the towing rig Penske uses. However, most of us do have enough spare change lying around to run an un-serious race team. Que up the ChumpCar World Series. At ChumpCar you can race on the same racetrack (Infineon Raceway) as Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick (No, trust me, she won’t be there in a Cobra or a bikini). All you need to do is get together with a few of your Car Domain friends, piece together a $500 beater and head to the track. This is claimer road racing at its finest.
The next event is January 9-10, 2010, at Infineon Raceway, with a full schedule for the entire year all over the country. The deadline for signing up for the upcoming race has already passed, but everyone knows that deadlines are meant to be broken (the promoters will squeeze you in). To see the full schedule, prices and rules check out their website: ChumpCar World Series.
October 30, 2009