24 HOURS OF LEMONS
What Is LeMons Racing anyway?
The 24 Hours of LeMons is a nationwide endurance racing series for cars that must be purchased and track-prepped for $500 or less. The only things not included in that amount are safety equipment, brakes and wheels/tires.
LeMons racing is a nationwide endurance racing series with races in five regions, with each region holding about four races on different amateur race venues. The races happen over the course of a weekend with a tech inspection and track testing on Friday, followed by the race sessions on Saturday and Sunday, usually 8 or 10 hours each day. The Toyota team averages three races a year, typically bringing two of its cars to the racetrack.
“We come prepared with a strategy, so every team member knows their job for the race,” said race manager Matt Mudge. “When, not if, something breaks down on the track, it gets towed into the pit area and everyone gets to work figuring out what went wrong and how to fix it. It’s these in-the-moment creative solutions that can mean the difference between sitting in the pit for most of the day, or getting right back out on the track.”
What started as primarily Production Engineers and student Co-Ops at TEMA is now inclusive of many types of engineers at several sites. The three teams include engineers from TMNA and TMMK, TTC, and TMMI.
LeMons racing doesn’t take itself too seriously. Each car is usually themed, and there are a lot of antics. Learn more here.
Recent Race Results
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.
February 2-3, 2019
The Corolla FX-16 finished 4th (its best overall placement!) out of 85 entries, after undergoing an engine swap on test track Friday.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
December 8-9, 2018
The Corolla FX-16 placed 12th out of 103 entries.
The Next Generation
The Toyota Engineering Motorsports program serves as a recruiting tool for talented college engineering students. Each year, several Toyota engineering Co-ops serve key roles on the LeMons teams. Through these hands-on motorsports opportunitites, they learn skills help make them better students and eventually better engineers.
Don't just take our word for it, hear from the Co-Ops themselves: