The 24 Hours of LeMons (an endurance race for $500 cars and their equally valuable drivers) returns to the MotorCity on 13-14 September ’08. LeMons cars, series founder Jay Lamm of Emeryville, California, insists that the race will aid Michigan residents. “We expect this event to pump dozens of dollars into the local economy,” he says. To qualify, racers can spend no more than $500 (not including mandatory safety equipment) to get a car onto the starting line. Mr. Lamm expects this restriction to inspire an influx of factory teams for the ’08 Detroit race. Lamm notes, “Let’s say you’re a Big Three carmaker today: Would you rather spend $120 million on a NASCAR program, or 500 bucks for a LeMons car? Even after the added support costs of Bactine and microwavable burritos, the savings are enormous.” The race runs from 3pm Saturday, 13 September through 3pm Sunday, 14 September without interruption. Now in its third season, the 24 Hours of LeMons has grown from a single 2006 event in the San Francisco area to an eight-race nationwide series with thousands of participants and multiple 100-team starting grids. For full details and entry applications, visit http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/.