Racing Blip: 2013 Petit Le Mans

By | October 18, 2013

No. 12 Rebellion Racing LMP1 car

No. 12 Rebellion Racing LMP1 car

There’s a race tomorrow. A 10 hour or 1,000 mile race. This is the 16th year running this race. It’s called Petit Le Mans and it’s held at Road Atlanta. It’s the last race of the 2013 ALMS season. It’s the last race ever for the American Le Mans Series, EVER.

And I could tell you that Rebellion Racing is racing again in ALMS (yeah!!). Providing some much needed competition for the Muscle Milk team. In fact, Rebellion Racing took the pole during qualifying this afternoon. And I could speculate that there might be some bad blood between Dyson Racing and the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports car, as there was some possible altercation between the two during qualifying. Causing Dyson Racing to start at the back of the grid for tomorrow’s race.

And I could mention something about Extreme Speed Motorsports brought in David Brabham has a hired gun for the weekend to tie up the P2 championship for ESM. And the money spent for Brabham, so far, has been well spent as he put the No. 01 ESM HPD ARX-03b on pole in the P2 class.

Not to mention that Matteo Malucelli did wonders for Risi Competizione in placing their No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia on pole for the GT class. Beating out the 2 SRT Viper GTS-Rs. And I’m sure GT class won’t disappoint with some great racing tomorrow.

And I should also note that the young, raising star of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Series, Madison Snow, is making his debut with Flying Lizard Motorsports in GTC class. Not to shabby for a 17 year old! And I have to wonder aloud, “With mom and dad previously driven for ALMS teams, now their son, has this happened in any other major racing series??” Oh, and I should mention Madison’s co-driver, Spencer Pumpelly, put the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car on pole in GTC today.

I could say all those things and much more..but I’m only pulling this information off the provisional grid and various tweets. Why? Because ALMS changed their streaming policy. As such, I was not able to watch it live or on demand later in the day.

So how do you watch tomorrow?

Well, if you have Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 on your cable/dish package, you are in luck! Here’s the schedule:

  • Fox Sports 2 will start from 11am to noon (ET). This will cover the first 30mins of the race. Green flag drops at 11:30am (ET).
  • Then, Fox Sports 2 will resume the broadcast from 2:30 to 6:30pm (ET).
  • THEN, you need to switch over to Fox Sports 1 at 6:30pm to 8pm (ET).
  • And to finish watching the race, switch the channel BACK to Fox Sports 2 from 8pm (ET) onward.

And if you want, you can watch a 3 hour recap on Fox Sports 1 from 4pm to 7pm (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 20th.

We’ve all heard about coming interactive TV age, well, looks like it’s here!!! (notice the heavy usage of sarcasm). Sounds convoluted? You can look here if you don’t believe me!

For those of us that have “pulled the (cable) plug” and like to watch the race streamed to our TVs, game consoles, computers, mobile devices, etc – our viewing options are, um, interesting:

  • IF you have the appropriate cable/dish package, you can try and Fox’s “FOX Sports Go” app. Those two should be covering the whole race, uninterrupted. BUT you need an approved cable package/provider. So much for pulling the cable plug…
  • For our overseas fans, you can always point your browsers to
  • For those that live in the USofA, and don’t have cable (or the correct cable package), well.. umm.. yeah.. I guess we’ll have to search out favorite pirate streaming services / private proxy servers based outside the USofA.
  • I’ve heard a RUMOR that people in the USofA can watch the race on – but I can’t find an official word on that.

As to why ALMS is making it so difficult to watch? Not sure, probably something to do with rights and right holders and bunch of other stuff fans shouldn’t have to bother with! I hope this is not the way we have to watch Tudor USCC series next year! Please ALMS, make it easy to watch on a variety of devices and without some weird need to have a some sort of cable package! For any ALMS people out there, this author is partial to the Xbox/ESPN app!

Remember, the race is scheduled to start on 10/19 at 11:30am (ET)

As always, the handy spotters guide.

And on a more serious tone, Sean Edwards will be missed this weekend..our continued condolences to his friends and family.

[file photo | mike gillilan]

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