We’re very sad that we aren’t going to be at Road Atlanta this year for Petit Le Mans, but that isn’t keeping us from paying close attention to the on-track events going on during the week. Yesterday was a test session for all the ALMS cars and unfortunately the Nissan DeltaWing was hit by a GTC car while coming down into turn 12, causing it to roll over. Nissan has released the footage of the incident and really shows the dangers of multi-class racing. We’re hearing that the DeltaWing team has pulled an all-nighter and is expected to have the car back on track later today.
The American Le Mans Series confirmed today that they will be running at Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas in 2013. Dates have not been announced yet, however we expect the full schedule to be released just before Petit Le Mans in October. Read the full ALMS press release after the jump.
It’s race day from Sebring International Raceway for the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and we’re excited to kick off the ALMS/WEC season with our live coverage from the track.
If you are in the U.S., you’ll be able to watch on the big screen with the ESPN3 app on your Xbox360, or online with your computer starting at 10:30am EDT. The same stream with a lower quality will also be available on Americanlemans.com (apparently ONLY if you are not in the U.S.) and FIAWEC.com. Audi.tv will be providing live feeds and telemetry from the 3 Audi R18 TDIs during the race. Radio LeMans will also be providing flag to flag coverage with their fantastic streaming audio commentary. Live timing for the race is available at scoring.alms.com.
For those of you who wish to complement your TV/Radio coverage with some additional information, we’ve put together some of the key twitter feeds covering the race, including several of the race teams and media outlets who will be doing flag to flag coverage. Of course, the Speed:Sport:Life team of Nick Salvatore and Zerin Dube will also be tweeting the entire 12 Hours of Sebring as well as some photography from the track throughout the day from Andrew Trahan. Follow us on twitter at @speedsportlife.
To help you get started for the race, the full grid and their qualifying times can be found here, and make sure you’ve downloaded the Sebring Spotters Guides from Andy Blackmore here.
There will be 64 cars starting the race, so find your favorites and follow along with us. The Cover It Live application below allows for an interactive experience, so feel free to drop us any questions or comments in the text box provided. Enjoy!
I finally had time to sit down and crunch through the thousands of photos taken on race weekend to come up with some of my favorites from the American Le Mans Series at Petit Le Mans. Some of these photos are from various practice sessions and qualifying sessions but most are from race day. Take a good look at the early morning shots versus the shots towards the evening and you’ll see the kind of grit these drivers go through to survive the 1,000 mile/10-hour enduro that is the excitement of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
The 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda was a classic 1,000-mile endurance thriller and a more-than-worthy finale for the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Peugeot Sport Total won its third straight Petit Le Mans after an intense battle with Audi Sport Team Joest as Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz drove to victory.
AF Corse held off Flying Lizard Motorsports and BMW Motorsports for the GTE-Pro win at Road Atlanta in what served as the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Tim Pappas and Black Swan Racing successfully defended their GT Challenge driver and team championships while Eric Lux, Gunnar Jeannette and Ricardo Gonzalez had a three-way tie for the LMP Challenge driver’s championship. CORE autosport earned its first LMPC team championship.