There’s a full slate of action in store for motorsports mavens this weekend, with highlights including an F1 visit to Spain for the running of the (Red) Bulls, NASCAR driving in to Darlington County and the latest example of how Audi speaks truth—and power. As always, please remember that all times here are pegged to the U.S. Eastern time zone.
This Weekend in Motorsports: NASCAR
After Brad Keselowski jump-started the Chrysler Group’s Sprint Cup efforts with a victory at Talladega last week, he’ll look to win his third race of the year when NASCAR stops at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina for the “Bojangles’ Southern 500,” which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, with live coverage on FOX.
Joining the big boys at the Darlington Speedway this weekend, NASCAR’s Nationwide series will present the “VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 250.” The action starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
This Weekend in Motorsports: Formula 1
F1 racing returns to Europe this weekend, as Fernando Alonso helps bring the series back to his home country for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The time difference will make this an early-bird special, though, with the SPEED channel's live coverage scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13.
This Weekend in Motorsports: Grand-Am Road Racing
Rolex Sports Car Series
It’s time for the next stop on the Rolex sports car Series, slated to race at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville on Sunday, May 13, at 1:00 p.m. The “Global Barter 250 presented by Susan G. Komen for the Cure” is expected to draw 26 entries, including 10 Daytona Prototypes and 16 Grand Touring cars, and will be shown live on the SPEED channel.
This Weekend in Motorsports: American Le Mans Series
Paging Dr. McDreamy! Actor Patrick Dempsey will be among those competing in the American Le Mans “Monterey presented by Patrón,” a six-hour test of racing endurance being held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California. The race kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, with delayed coverage scheduled for 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 13, on ESPN2. (However, live streaming will be available starting at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN3/XBOX Live.)
This Weekend in Motorsports: 24 Hours of Le Mans
If you haven’t yet seen Audi’s new documentary, “Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts,” the SPEED channel will be showing it again at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The film is an in-depth look at the battle between Audi and Peugeot during the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which two Audi R18 racecars crashed out in the early going, leaving the one remaining car to hold off a concerted challenge from a trio of Peugeots—and win Audi’s 10th overall Le Mans title.