Endurance racing for $500 cars.  It’s where Pintos and Maseratis battle to lap a hearse.  It’s where first-time racers dice with Nomex-wearing pros.  Sound like fun?  Then you don’t want to miss the 24 Hours of LeMons at Infineon Raceway, March 24-25.

While all this foolishness is primarily done in the name of fun, it’s also done in the name of charity, as all proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway.

If you’re expecting throaty stock cars or high-performance open-wheel machines, forget it! This endurance road-racing series, which has 19 events coast-to-coast in 2012, was founded on a particularly bad idea: all cars must be bought and prepared for no more than $500.

“America is the land of opportunity — all you need is one bad idea,” quipped Chief Perpetrator, Jay Lamm, a Bay Area resident.

The madness even extends off track. Race officials? They often wear powdered wigs. Race purse? The winner is paid in a sack full of nickels ($1,500 to be exact).

Spectator tickets are $20 per day or $30 for the weekend, which includes all access!  For more information on this wild and wacky series, visit 24hoursoflemons.com.