Reilly Brennan lives in San Francisco but will always be a Detroiter at heart. He is the Executive Director of the Revs Automotive Research Program at Stanford and teaches a class on heroes and Dale Earnhardt at the Stanford d.school. He created a car photo thingy called Carmagnum.
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)
TV / Web Streaming:
Timing / Scoring:
Phone / Mobile apps:
Twitter / Facebook
Other Useful Info:
(Photos from Audi Sport)
Another Le Mans means another awesome day of watching from across the Atlantic via a series of tubes. If you want to follow along, I’ve pulled together some of the better resources here, in my recurring lazyman’s Couch Kit series.
(Note: this page updates frequently throughout the week and weekend)
Start time: 3:00PM CET (9AM Eastern), Saturday June 16
U.S. TV coverage explained: Speed’s coverage of the race is primarily on its TV channel, with 23 hours on air. Unfortunately the experience is broken up across a few sections because they cut away to NASCAR for a bit, during which they are live on Speed.com. Here is the full schedule (Eastern times) for U.S.
TV / web streams
Phone / mobile apps
Other useful stuff
Stuff I’ll be thinking about
Pay special attention to the new Toyota TS030 hybrid racer (above on the right) and the new Delta Wing racer (in black above), running in the non-points-getting 56th garage, but a feat of innovation that could be a foreshadowing for the future of the sport. Beyond those new teams, note how the six leading prototypes are all running different fuel setups: diesel (Audi), diesel hybrid (Audi) and gas hybrid (Toyota). Audi is so dedicated to Le Mans and maintaining their dominance that they are running four new cars with two totally different approaches. The diesel cars (called R18 Ultra) are basically updated, lighter versions of the R18 TDI that won last year (and saved a few of their drivers’ lives). The new R18 e-tron quattro is a diesel hybrid that can store energy and apply it to the front wheels (effectively giving the car ‘quattro’ all wheel drive), but only at speeds above 75 mph; it has a slightly smaller fuel tank, too. Of course, in GT I will be pulling for my alma mater, the Corvette Racing factory team. I’m thinking it’s the #4 car’s year. Finally, the #17 Dome Judd car is the one I’m going to be rooting for as an underdog; Dome was started and is still run by Minoru Hayashi under the awesome company motto: “Our basic policy since 1978 has been that if we did not participate, no miracle would occur.” Read Hayashi’s epic post about why they’re returning to Le Mans on their site; I love that guy. At Le Mans, everyone needs a miracle in some form or another.
Until 6AM tomorrow morning I am hunkered down watching my favorite motor race in the world. I was lucky enough to attend the race twice as a team member but these days I watch from the command center known as my laptop. If you want to follow along, I’ve pulled together some of the better resources here: