After a long winter, spring has sprung at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the roar of engines can be heard on-track this weekend, as the North Country Porsche Club is the first to take on the 1.6-mile road course through Sunday.

The North Country Porsche Club kicks off their 2011 season this weekend with an advanced driver’s day today and for a selected few, national instructor certification training.  On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a complete range of drivers on the track, segregated by experience and skill level. 

The NCR boasts over 500 members regionally, priding themselves on camaraderie, high standards of operation and performance; the establishment of mutually cooperative relationships between other sports car clubs and the promotion of courtesy and safety on the roads.

“The North Country Porsche Club and its membership have a distinguished list of accomplishments and awards from Porsche Club of America and we continue to work hard to make NCR the best region in the Northeast,” said Mark Watson of NCR.

Other “Magic Mile” events are scheduled for September and October.  Feel free to browse the NCR website at http://www.ncr-pca.org  to find out more about North Country Region and the Porsche Club of America.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head out west for a Saturday night showdown at Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500. Television coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX.     

After a weekend off, the IZOD IndyCar Series will take on the 2.38-mile circuit of Barber Motorsports Park Sunday for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Television coverage begins at 3 p.m. on VERSUS. 

Race fans that plan to stay in New England this weekend; can check out the NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour’s season opener at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Conn. The Icebreaker runs both Saturday and Sunday. For more information please visit http://www.thompsonspeedway.com/.       

The season of speed is here and tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July, 17, the INDYCAR 225 on Aug. 14 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25 are on sale. Purchase them now by calling the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or, visit us at nhms.com and have the chance to drive your car around “The Magic Mile” at FANtasy Drive 2 on Saturday, April 23.