• Mar 18th 2011 at 8:57AM
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2011 Twelve Hours of Sebring spotter's guide – Click above for high-resolution pages

The 2011 American Le Mans racing season gets underway in earnest this weekend with the 12 Hours of Sebring. The endurance race run on Floridian tarmac is one of the most iconic in the world, and always draws a mouthwatering array of racing machinery. This year's event will be no exception, the latest Le Mans Prototypes scything their way through the myriad 911 GT3s and more.

The first practice sessions saw the new Audi R15+ TDI topping the charts, followed by the Peugeot 908 and Aston Martin Lola B08. PR1 Mathiasen M/Sport's Oreca FLM09 topped the new LMPC class in practice, quickly followed by the new Signatech Nissan LMP2, while Risi Competizione's new Ferrari 458 GTC was the quickest of the GT sportscars.

With so many cars on the grid – and many of them looking rather similar, especially in a speeding blur – you'll need a good spotter's guide if you're watching to tell the difference between them. Fortunately, SpotterGuides.com has hooked us up with the pages we've placed in the gallery below in full resolution for your reference.

Actually watching the race this year will be a new experience for many, as the round-the-clock event won't be covered live on TV in its entirety. Instead a new deal with ABC and ESPN provides a mix of televised and online coverage: You'll be able to watch the full race online (as well as Friday's qualifying sessions) on ESPN3.com, which you can also stream through your XBox.

ABC will air a recap from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), which ESPN2 will show again on Tuesday, March 22. Those outside the U.S., meanwhile, will be able to watch live on americanlemans.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Chris is right. You will be able to watch it on-demand after it is over, so whoever was complaining about not being able to dvr it can still watch it whenever they have time.

      As for other who can't wrap their heads around this espn3 concept: it is called the internet, and I believe you used it to type your unfounded complaints. What exactly don't you like? All I've heard is that "its bad because its not on SPEED." "It probably will have sucky announcers, because they're different." If you listen to Scott Atherton, the espn3 is for YOU, the hardcore fan, to get massively INCREASED, not decreased, coverage. Meanwhile, the edited races are now on espn2 and ABC, not some high numbered nascar channel that no one really browses anyway. This is their attempt to find new fans who would never find it on speed.

      If you're posting here, you are clearly a fan. Go enjoy your Flag to flag coverage. You know, on that thing some call the internet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bandwidth charges are a reality now. Re-streaming the race could cost me money.

        Although the bandwidth will be minimized because the race is being aired in SD. And with a permanent distracting "add PIP" button in the upper right.

        Scott says the race is for me? I didn't ask for the race to be in lower resolution.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am disgusted by the TV coverage. Here's the email I wrote to ALMS on Wednesday:

      "What on earth were you people thinking?

      I'm a long time fan. Attended the first Petit LeMans and a couple of others afterwards. Very excited about the Pugeots and Big Audi's coming to Sebring.

      Until I checked the TV schedule. ESPN3.com? Are you kidding me? Twelve hours edited down to 90 minutes to show against NCAA basketball. Brilliant!

      You have a hard core fan base, and somehow you've managed to kick us to the curb.

      If I was a sponsor, I would be furious. As a fan, I just feel screwed."
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should be writing to Speed, not to ALMS. ALMS is in the car-racing business, not broadcasting...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speed is owned by Fox. ESPN is ABC.

        If this is airing on ESPN and ABC, then it is because ALMS made an airing deal with ESPN and ABC, not with Fox/Speed. So complaining to Speed is of limited effect. You basically can only complain "why didn't you outbid ESPN/ABC for this event"?

        Now, onto my own complaints. Without the Speed crew, the commentary will be suspect anyway. And I doubt ESPN/ABC is going to go out of their way to secure another good crew for an event they are only going to air online.

        Hopefully we can listen to radio Le Mans while watching.

        This just seems like a huge disaster. Someone at ALMS really messed up this time.

        Is it going to be like this all year? I just looked. Yes, it's going to be on ESPN/ABC all year. Ugh. Well at least that increases the chance they secured a good commentary team, since they are going to re-use them all year.

        Hopefully Speed still has Le Mans though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        trustedcarsalesman Per your recommendation:

        Dear Speed TV: I have been an ardent motorsports fan for about 4 decades. When Speedvision was launched, I did backflips. I would clear my calendar for the 24 hours of Daytons, 12 hours of Sebring and 24 heurs du Mans, stock up on brew & snacks and even been known to pack the wife off on shopping trips with her sister & my mom.

        SpeedVision was an excellent concept, and well executed. I could reliably follow Formula 1 and many other forms of motorsports. Now F1 coverage is all Foxed Up (not what I really wanted to say). Not sure and don't care who your new owners are, but Speed TV is no SpeedVision. Your product SUCKS. As a former fan of NASCAR (can't stand the current SUCKAGE that it has been transformed into), I say enough already.

        What say you guys keep Speed TV for NASCAR, Pinks, Monster Trucks & the Swamp-Buggy racing, and create SPEED2 (Like ESPN2) and cover all other forms of MOTORSPORTS over there. It really could work, and you have a new revenue stream.

        No Kidding though, currently, you guys really do SUCK.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dr Greenthumb:

        Make that a petition and I'll sign it faster than you can say "nascar"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's the phone number for ALMS in Brazelton, GA


        Call them and tell them you don't like the TV coverage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What crappy tv coverage!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Scott is right. ESPN3 is a revolution in TV. The big content providers (ESPN, Discovery Networks, etc.) know that people are cutting the cord.

        Right now, when you pay your cable (or sat) bill, most of it actually goes to the content providers, not to the cable company. ESPN gets several dollars from you each month whether you watch ESPN or not.

        Well, people are dropping their cable subscriptions in favor of streaming video over the internet. But if you do this, the content providers don't get paid unless you watch their commercials. They want money consistently monthly, not just if you watch.

        So with ESPN3, ESPN has started offering their content to you but only if your provider pays them. So Comcast (for example) raised their internet rates ($3, their first increase in 5 years) so they can pay the content providers.

        I have no problem with getting my TV over the internet. This sounds great to me. But ESPN wants the costs of ESPN3 to be bundled into your internet bill, so you don't look at your internet bill and say "turn that off, I don't want to pay for it".

        So where does ALMS come in? ALMS wants ESPN3 precisely because ESPN3 is bundled in. Scott brags ESPN3 is fast growing and is available to 65M subscribers already. This is precisely because people have been forced to pay for it as part of their Comcast (and other companies) internet bills.

        End content bundling now. If this is not stopped, then your internet bill will be $100 just like your cable bill was, and $50 of it will be going to content providers even if you don't use their services.

        ALMS, don't be part of the problem. You should have offered your content directly streamed to us instead of being part of ESPN3's attempt take money from us monthly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, this is the worst airing deal I could possibly think of.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holding thumbs for the 908s and the 458s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Full race available online!! Awesome. Screw cable tv...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The online coverage on ESPN3.com will be shown live, but it also looks like they will provide it on-demand within one hour of the completion of the race.

      For those of you that like to stream stuff from your PC to your TV/Home Theater System, check out PlayOn.tv. It's a little expensive, but they have a 14 day free trial. I successfully streamed ESPN3.com from my PC to my television through my PS3 using PlayOn. Sounds difficult, but it was really easy.

      By the way, I'm not happy with the new TV package either, but I'm going to try to make the best of it until things improve (if they improve).
      • 4 Years Ago
      My cable company moved Speedvision, the Golf channel into special package and want me to pay more. So Speed is gone, at least in Canada I can watch it online (the cable company reduced the bandwidth limits to try to stop this..). I'll have to hook the computer up to the big TV for this.
      Mosport, it was awesome last year, can't wait to be there this year...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was thinking of going on Saturday but the Super(price)Ticket was $88..The 4 day is $108?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always love the spotter's guide. It would be very helpful if I could watch the damn thing on an actual TV!!!! The ALMS is my favorite brand of racing, but I also have a life and family. I can't watch the whole 14 hours live, so I typically DVR it and catch it a couple of hours at a time. I suspect thre are lots of guys who do the same. Thanks Scott A for making it harder to keep up. The 90 minute wrap up of a 12 hour race is an insult.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you complaining about? TV has never covered any good motorsport... I can't tell you how happy I am that both qualifying sessions and the full race will be broadcast online!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What crappy tv coverage!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And that is why I have a computer hooked up to my lcd in the living room...
      • 4 Years Ago
      No 51: A F430 is in this picture, but it says it is an F458. hmmm....
        • 4 Years Ago
        you spotted the mistake LOL! Originally the team were going to race a 458 at Sebring, but changed their mind. I sort of forgot.
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