Endurance Racing – 24 Hours of LeMans 2014: The Quick Guide

Endurance Racing – 24 Hours of LeMans 2014: The Quick Guide

Colene Evans-Allen


Cambridge, ON - June 12, 2014

This weekend roadcourse and sports car fans get their annual “French Twice Around The Clock” weekend.  With all that happens in an endurance race in Europe, here’s you quick guide to this year’s event.  For me, this is one of the biggest races of the season, and one I look forward to so much.  I have a huge place in my heart for the grace, grit, determination, stamina, and outright full-tilt action of the race.

What:  The 82nd running of the Automobile Club de L’Ouest’s stand-alone 24 hour endurance race for prototype and GT Sports Cars on a temporary circuit outside of the town of LeMans, France.  This year, the race is also a points event on the FIA World Endurance Championship Series calendar.

The Track:  Circuit de la Sarthe is a semi-temporary circuit that uses public roads as part of the track.  The track is one of the longest in the world at 13.6 kilometres or 8.5 miles in length.  Approximately 85% of a lap is spent at full throttle, with a maximum speed of 322 k.p.h. or 200 m.p.h.  The speed record, set in 1988 by Peugeot, is 404 k.p.h. or 251 m.p.h.

When:  This year’s edition of the 24 Hours of LeMans runs on June 14 & 15, 2014.  The race will start at approximately 9:00am EST on June 14th and finish at approximately 9:00am on June 15th.

How to Watch The Race:   For North American fans, the race can be watched and/or listened to via the following broadcast partners:

1.      The ACO has made a live French/English stream available of practice, qualifying, and the race via their website including full audio and video.  To see this stream, go to:  http://www.24h-lemans.com/live/en.

2.      Radio LeMans – June 14th from some insanely early hour of the morning to June 15th at some insanely late hour of the day.  Radio LeMans has the best endurance sports car commentary in the world, and if you can find a video feed, just mute that commentary and turn up RLM instead.  You can catch them here at:  http://radiolemans.com/

3.      Audi Sport will stream live from their website at:  http://www.audi-motorsport.com/de/en/home/live-stream.html.  Check the link for their schedule.

4.      Corvette Racing are back with their live on-board pass through MSN’s live streaming.  They also have bonus live race coverage.  The link to watch for free is here:  http://msn.foxsports.com/speed/stream/corvette.

5.      For cable TV viewers, if you alternate between Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, you can catch all 24 hours of the race.  Check with your local cable provider.

More Information:  Check on the following websites for more information on the race at:

1.      http://www.fiawec.com/ - FIA World Endurance Championship (LeMans is a round of this Championship this year)

2.      http://www.24h-lemans.com – The official website of the race and the ACO.

3.      http://radiolemans.com/ - THE source for all the gossip, news, views, and information LeMans.

North Americans in the Race:

A Full Entry List can be found at http://www.24h-lemans.com/en/race/entry-list_2_2_1980.html.

Canadian Drivers – Car #98, Paul Dalla Lana.

American Drivers – Car #33, David Cheng.  Car #42, Matthew McMurray.  Car #50, Ricky Taylor.  Car #53, Mark Patterson.  Car #57, Tracy Khron.  Car #60, Peter Ashley Mann.  Car #62, Howard Blank.  Car #66, Seth Neiman & Spencer Pumpelly.  Car #73, Jordan Taylor.  Car #74, Tommy Milner.  Car #77, Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster & Patrick Long.  Car #79, Cooper MacNeil & Brent Curtis.  Car #90, Frankie Monteclavo. Car #42, Chris Dyson.

Other:  Discussion threads and other commentary can be found on various Facebook Groups including the Midweek Motorsports Listeners Collective and the Insane Motoring Enthusiasts Grid.  In addition, Twitter feeds for drivers and @specutainment (RLM) provide additional information.  If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the comments on our Facebook Page and we’ll do our best to answer them!!