Le Mans 2013: Full Coverage Guide for Highly-Anticipated Race

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Le Mans 2013: Full Coverage Guide for Highly-Anticipated Race
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The 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans is always an intense full day of racing, and luckily fans will be able to watch it on TV and online.

It’s the 90th anniversary of the legendary race at the Circuit de la Sarthe, and this year has a little extra flair to it. Apparently Louis Vitton has created a trophy case for this year’s champion, and it certainly adds a bit of extra extravagance to the event.

Here’s a full guide for where and when to watch the 24 hours of racing, along with a preview of the bigger racing teams.

 

Coverage Schedule

Note: All times are Eastern Standard Time

Saturday, June 22

8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on SPEED TV

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on SPEED.com

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on SPEED TV

7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on SPEED.com

7:30 p.m. – Midnight on SPEED TV

Sunday, June 23

Midnight – 9:30 a.m. on SPEED TV

 

Top Teams To Watch

Audi

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This will be the team’s 15th appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and they’ve had an incredible amount of success in the time.

Since coming to the race, Audi has won 11 times, with all of those coming in just the last 13 years.  They are the favorites to win it all again this year and win their 12th race.

All eyes will be on Tom Kristensen, who holds the record with eight wins in this race. He had six consecutive victories at this race from 2000 to 2005. Others like Allan McNish and Loic Duval will be looking to help Audi bring home another title as well.

With how much success Audi has had since coming into the race, there’s little doubt that this team is the favorite to take home then win. Still, it’s a long race, and nothing is guaranteed.

 

Aston Martin

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After a hiatus form competitive racing, Aston Martin came back to the race just last year. They were able to finish in third thanks to the GTE Pro, but now they’re looking to usurp Audi and take home their own title Le Mans.

This year Aston Martin isn’t holding back, bringing a total of five cars to the race. The arrival of Formula One racer Bruno Senna to drive for Aston Martin will certainly improve the odds for this team.

They may have come back to racing just last year, but the bold move to bring in so many cars along with a big-time professional racer makes this an exciting squad to watch for.

 

Toyota

Last year was a difficult race at the Le Mans for Toyota after they crashed and simply struggled the entire time.

However, this time they’re looking to turn it around.

Toyota will be bringing out a TS030 Hybrid prototype car to the event, and it looks to be capable of keeping up with the powerhouse Audi. According to Nelson Ireson of MotorAuthority.com, testing for the new car has gone quite well.

An upgraded car along with a determined team looking to turn it around from last year’s disappointment makes Toyota a potential team capable of upsetting Audi this year.

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