The No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 team, which finished third overall at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, fixed their car’s starter problems by hitting it with a hammer. Today, the team was disqualified after they were caught red-handed trying to cover up the hole they’d made to hit that starter faster during pit…
There’s one thing the 24 Hours of LeMons is adamant about: documenting your cheating. Any parts added to the car either need documentation or they’ll be assigned a value in inspections. If you swap “found” parts into an FD Mazda RX-7, you’re going to invoke the “Pratt & Miller Rule,” as this team did.
The Roar Before the 24 is an important event in American endurance racing. It’s the first opportunity to test new cars for the the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. IMSA uses data from the event to equalize the cars, which only really works if teams run to their full potential. Of course they didn’t.
When NASCAR audited its latest round of tires, one team's set was found not to be holding air properly: the #31 car of Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman. The tires had a slow leak that allowed the tire to bleed off extra air and remain at a more consistent pressure throughout a race.
Denver, Colorado is one of the very few places in America where you can currently purchase and consume marijuana legally. Even in its first year of sales, pot tourism has sprouted as a new industry in the Mile High City. But the fun stays here, as any bud found in your luggage won't be there when you get home.