Ten years ago I packed my big Corvette team trolley bag in my Detroit apartment and headed off to Le Mans for the first time. I remember packing and repacking all of my stuff, a mix of fear and excitement to go to the one race I had spent my entire life thinking about. I really never thought I’d be able to attend, let alone from inside a pit box.
As it turns out, our team had plenty to be nervous about, what with the Prodrive Ferraris coming out stronger than ever at Sebring and our cars featuring a one-off non-yellow paint job that made more than a few people feel we had a made a deal with the devil. Those fears were well-founded, as even a podium finish was (is) considered a loss for the factory team. But, it did make 2004’s win even better.
This year I have another installment in a lazy man’s most thrilling 24 hours: the 24 Hours of Le Mans couch kit. I use this as my home base for all the web streaming, entry lists, twitter lists and anything else that gets me through my favorite motor race of the year.
(Note: this page updates frequently as links head back to the garage for repair. If you have a new link or comment, leave it in comments.)
Start time: 3PM CEST (9AM Eastern), Saturday June 22
US TV Coverage: Speed’s coverage of the race is primarily on its TV channel, with only a few breaks to cover the necessary NASCAR stuff (incidentally, a double-header for road racing: Nationwide at Road America and Cup at Sears Point). During the times when they’re not on air, they offer coverage on Speed.com. The full schedule:
(all times Eastern)
- 08:30AM - 02:00PM Speed TV broadcast
- 02:00PM - 04:00PM Speed.com
- 04:00PM - 07:00PM Speed TV broadcast
- 07:00PM - 07:30PM Speed.com
- 07:30PM - 09:30AM Speed TV broadcast
- Radio Le Mans: The team at Radio Le Mans, led by my favorite John Hindhaugh, does round-the-clock, we-never-stop coverage. It is one of the treasures of being a fan of this event that you get to indulge in a day of Hindy calling a race.
TV / Web Streaming:
- Speed.tv splits their coverage between broadcast and online, meaning that when it’s on TV it’s not online. That is sort of frustrating, but when the feed is on it is very, very crisp. When the full feed isn’t available online, they plan to show the Corvette Racing team on-board.
- Corvette on-board: Actually the same as the Speed link above, but showing only Corvette when Speed doesn’t show their coverage online. Not confusing at all, right?
- Audi on-board: In addition to dominating Le Mans, Audi dominates web streaming as well with bandwith, quality and coverage that is in keeping with their herrschaft.
- Eurosport: These are typically a range of illegal feeds that come in from friends and knaves and will be posted here. Try here for Eurosport Germany link.
- Ten Sport: a TV station from Australia, who will provide coverage of the entire race. In order to access this outside of Australia, you can get backdoor access by following these steps.
- ACO feed: To come.
Timing / Scoring:
- ACO / WEC: Official timing and scoring from Le Mans
- Baekdal’s dashboard: A mix of a twitter feed from official sources and timing and scoring. Here’s Baekdal’s dashboard for iPhone/iPad optimized viewing
Phone / Mobile apps:
- Radio Le Mans on iPhone: Download F-stream (free) from iTunes and then add this URL in as a new Favorite (go to Edit, then add a new station).
- Radio Le Mans on Windows Phone: Requires Windows 7 or later.
- ACO iPhone app: (has timing/scoring built in) I don’t think there’s an Android version.
- Android-only spotter’s guide app
- Baekdal iPhone optimized page.
- Official ACO entry list: From the sanctioning body
- Spotter’s Guide: A great visual view of the entries, from the great Andy Blackmore. Direct link to the PDF in large or slightly smaller size.
Twitter / Facebook
- My favorite Twitter searches: #LM24, #LeMans, #WEC, #24hr
- Official 24 Hours of Le Mans Twitter and Facebook feeds
- Metacool racers Twitter list is a perennial favorite
- Other good ones: @almsnotes, @lemansrace, @johndagys
Other Useful Info:
- Racecar Engineering’s Le Mans section
- Michael Fuller’s notes from Le Mans on the always incredible Mulsanne’s Corner.
- Winner average speed: 133.38 mph
- Winner’s total laps: 378 (3 off all-time record set in 2008)
- Winners: Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)
- Winners: Podium shot from 2012 (all Audi, mind you)
(Photos from Audi Sport)