Racing On Your Home Track Will Prove That You Know Nothing

Aww, yes: Harris Hill Road. My car lives here. I live here. (I have an apartment for stuff, but...haha, no.) This race is like the 12 Hours of My Couch. My Porschelump 944 should DOMINATE! Just kidding. I have no idea what I'm doing in race traffic. Not. A. Clue. » 2/28/15 7:35pm 2/28/15 7:35pm

Why Your Tires' Treadwear Ratings Are A Load Of Crap

Between amateur endurance racing and the Sports Car Club Of America's "Street" autocross classes, there's quite a few series now mandating around 200-treadwear rubber. So, of course, different tire manufacturers are "readjusting" ratings of existing tires to cash in on the action. » 12/14/14 11:25am 12/14/14 11:25am

Here’s What American Endurance Racing At Lime Rock Park Looks Like

American Endurance Racing is the new kid on the block for low-buck motorsports. Based around simple rules and a "race what ya got" mentality, it's got lots of appeal to anyone who's ever raced 24 Hours of LeMons or Chumpcar. On an ass-clenchingly cold late November weekend, AER stormed into historic Lime Rock Park… » 11/26/14 5:14am 11/26/14 5:14am

It's Not Hard To Get Lost When You're Racing In The Dark

Everyone always claims the Mazda Miata is the perfect track vehicle. Au contraire: this one proves it's a competent off-roader, too. » 11/13/14 11:26am 11/13/14 11:26am

ChumpCar Does Qualifying In Go-Karts To See Who's Really The Fastest

Sub-$500 endurance racecars aren't really set up to lay down a blisteringly quick qualifying lap time without leaving the track in a catastrophic cloud of oil smoke. So, ChumpCar let its Central Region Chumpionship participants qualify on the go-kart track instead. » 11/04/14 11:51am 11/04/14 11:51am

How To Feed Yourself At A Race Track

Welcome to race weekend. Paddock food is a meaty and often greasy wonderland of diet-wrecking treats ranging from teams' own gourmet cuisine to E. Coli burgers from a sketchy stand that was probably last given a good clean in the 1950s. Prepare your anus. » 5/26/14 2:00pm 5/26/14 2:00pm

The Jalopnik Guide To Buying Racing Gear (For Men And Women)

If you intend on driving a racecar—even if it's a total crapcan—you're going to have to look the part. Bonus: all of that Stiggy get-up prevents you from going up in flames if and/or when your questionable machinery decides it doesn't like its fuel lines anymore, hooray! » 3/28/14 4:05pm 3/28/14 4:05pm

How to Decorate Your Crapcan Racecar

Whether you're entering a series that encourages creative team themes or not, you've still got some basic accoutrements to add to the outside of the car before it's ready to race. Here's how to add things that hopefully won't fall off your car. » 3/11/14 4:10pm 3/11/14 4:10pm

How Much Should You Spend On Your Crapcan Race Car?

There are some things you just don't talk about in polite company: politics, religion and finances, for example. Since that's the case, I'm going to let loose this monster fart and talk about how much money it costs to run a crapcan team — and how much you should charge teammates to run your car. » 3/07/14 9:00pm 3/07/14 9:00pm

How to Share Shop Space Without Killing Each Other

Most crapcan racecar builds involve some form of shared shop space, be it with other teammates or with other amateur racing types who have a shop. Here's some advice on how to finish your car while keeping your (and their) sanity intact. » 2/25/14 4:00pm 2/25/14 4:00pm

The Most Useful Tools For An Inexperienced Car Mechanic

Congratulations on your purchase of a hopeless project car, be it a crapcan racer or some other monstrosity that "ran when parked." Here are the tools you need to source to keep it from becoming a permanent piece of landscape art — especially if you don't usually do this sort of thing. » 2/17/14 4:00pm 2/17/14 4:00pm

How To Pick The Right Teammates For Your Crapcan Racing Team

Now that you have the right car for your crapcan racing project, you need other people to drive and/or work on it with you. Choose wisely, or you'll be at each others' throats. » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm

So, You Think You Want To Race A Crapcan? How To Pick The Right Car

Cheapo beater endurance racing series such as the 24 Hours of LeMons and ChumpCar are a great chance to do wheel-to-wheel racing for a relatively small price. In these series, the first decision you make is often the one that can make you a racing hero or destroy what's left of your sanity. So how do you pick the… » 2/03/14 3:20pm 2/03/14 3:20pm

What I Learned From The Most Disappointing Race Weekend Ever

All racing is endurance racing for the people whose blood, sweat and grease go into building and prepping a race car. Therefore you can imagine the massive disappointment I felt when all that work seemed to go out the roll cage when my car was shunted just minutes into a race. The only bigger FAIL would come from not… » 6/27/13 10:08am 6/27/13 10:08am

Top Ten Things I Accomplished While Contributing To Jalopnik

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to partake in a few motorsports events, snap a couple of blurry photographs, mistype some finishing results, and report back here on Jalopnik. Here is a top 10 list of those adventures. » 12/26/10 2:30pm 12/26/10 2:30pm

Love Racing But Suck At Driving? Waaagh! You’re On The Pit Crew


Automobile racing is a lot of fun, a very expensive, time consuming, amount of fun. But just because it can be ridiculously expensive doesn't mean you can't be involved in motorsports. Join a pit crew. » 10/16/10 11:30am 10/16/10 11:30am

LeMons Buttonwillow Rollover Remix (Punk Rock Version)


The closest finish in 24 Hours of LeMons history ended on the last lap with one pizza undelivered and a yellow aerodynamic brick winning the race. Here's the punk rock video remix. » 9/12/10 11:00am 9/12/10 11:00am

The Leadfoot Rally: Motorsports Olympics


Drag race, rallycross, paved circle track, road course, and a dirt quarter mile oval, win it all in one crappy car at the Leadfoot Rally and you could be crowned The Ultimate Shoe. » 7/25/10 12:00pm 7/25/10 12:00pm

Blackjack! 21 Cars Of ChumpCar


The ChumpCar "L.A. Freeway Enduro" was held last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Here are the twenty-one cars and their stories as they competed in the two seven-hour enduros. » 7/17/10 3:30pm 7/17/10 3:30pm