The 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins tomorrow morning. The historic race brings the biggest names in the auto world and racing world to the historic Circuit de la Sarthe in France. This year Ferrari, Audi, Lotus, Aston Martin, and Corvette will be joined by two new SRT Viper GTS-Rs. The Viper has had success at the 24 Hour race in the past, but has been absent from the field for over ten years. The Viper won the GTS class in 1998, 1999, and 2000 before leaving the series. The field (pictured above) is divided into four classes: LM P1, LM P2, LM GTE Pro, and LM GTE Am. For a full list of entries, click here.
I love this race because it tests the reliability of the racing technology used by the teams. Most race series run their equipment for 2 – 3 hours, but a 24 hour race is the ultimate test of endurance, both on equipment and personnel.
Coverage of the ultimate endurance race will be on Speed and Speed.com. The full schedule of coverage is listed below. Note: all times are Eastern.
Saturday, June 22
- Le Mans 24 Hours (Start) 8:30am-2pm (SPEED TV)
- Le Mans 24 Hours 2-4pm (SPEED.com)
- Le Mans 24 Hours 4pm-7pm (SPEED)
- Le Mans 24 Hours 7-7:30pm (SPEED.com)
- Le Mans 24 Hours 7:30pm-Midnight (SPEED)
Sunday, June 23
- Le Mans 24 Hours (Finish) Midnight-9:30am (SPEED)