Friday, May 27, 2016

Coffee Brake: Motorsports Weekend

Coffee Brake: It might officially be Memorial Weekend here in the United States, but around the world it is better known as Motorsports (or is that Motorsport...or Motorsport's?) Weekend because of the extraordinary variety of corporate sponsored advertisement wheeled competition that can be broadcast into your living room via the internet or television.

First up is the big one -- the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is this Sunday May 29th where the Verizon IndyCar series will wow fans with another few hundred laps around the ovalish/squarish track known as Indy. The cars are ugly, but the racing can be interesting with drafting -- it is just a darn shame that they've killed all creativity/innovation that made the Brickyard such an exciting place in the 1920s through 1960s.

Also on Sunday is the 74th running of the Monaco Grand Prix where the Mercedes F1 team will either run away filling spots 1 and 2 on the podium or crash each other out in the 2nd turn.  Ferrari/Redbull/Hass/F1 fans (and Hamilton/Rosberg haters) will hope for the latter, but odds are it'll be the former.  Personally, I just want Raikkonen on the podium so he can say crazy stuff in the post race interview.

Rounding out the triple crown of motorsports is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an all day and night endurance racing competition that is certainly the most difficult to watch (either in person or on TV) but would probably be the most fun to actually compete in given the chance.  Unfortunately I can't find the race in the lineup of my local Time Warner (are the idiots who decide my channel lineup on the spectrum or what?) cable, but there is probably a way to stream the race.  Apparently, this is because the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place in June -- thanks PJ!

Some of the other events this weekend include the Coca Cola 600, which is part of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series and held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.  Dudes (and a lady) drive around turning left while fans drink beer and go deaf.  Good times.

Those are the big ones -- but I'm sure I've missed the best stuff (redneck circle track racing?) -- what are you guys looking forward to?  Comments below.


  1. Le Mans isn't this weekend... it's June 18th-19th.

  2. Well that explains why I could find NOTHING about it on TV!

  3. Ah yes, Memorial Day Sunday! That is the day when I can watch live motor racing from 7:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. with nothing but brief meal/bathroom breaks. Monaco first, then the Indy 500, then the World 600 (now with some corporate name).

    You know, that is more racing in ONE DAY than I used to be able to watch in an entire season when I started watching racing in 1967. Up here, the only source was a Canadian re-broadcast of Wide World of Sports. We would get 1.5 hours of the Daytona 500, usually the week after the event, then possibly 2 hours of the Indy 500, again a week late. And the icing on the cake was that they would show us highlights of the Monaco Grand Prix.

    That was it for the entire season (unless you count the random Figure 8 Jalopy race that usually showed up around September).

    My how things have changed.....


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