• The Audi R18 E-Tron driven by Andre Lotterer of Germany, Marcel Fassler of Switzerland and Benoit Treluyer of France is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 E-Tron driven by Andre Lotterer of Germany, Marcel Fassler of Switzerland and Benoit Treluyer of France is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: Andre Lotterer of Germany and driver of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro captures pole position during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: Race marshall waves the green flag at the start of qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: The ferris wheel and spectator grandstand during practice for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
  • General view of the race track during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • General view of the tribunes at the race track of Le Mans during the qualifying practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 Ultra n�3 driven by Marc Gene of Spain, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval both of France powers in a curve during the qualifying practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 Ultra driven by Marc Gene of Spain, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval both of France is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: The #3 Audi R18 ultra driven by Marc Gene of Spain, Romain Dumas of France, and Loic Duval of France during practice for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: The #3 Audi R18 ultra driven by Marc Gene of Spain, Romain Dumas of France, and Loic Duval of France, during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • The Audi R18 E-Tron driven by Allan McNish of Scotland, Rinaldo Capello of Italy and Tom Kristensen of Denmark leads the pack during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 E-Tron n�2 driven by Allan McNish of Scotland, Rinaldo Capello of Italy and Tom Kristensen of Denmark powers in a curve ahead of the Toyota n�7 during the qualifying practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: The #12 Rebellion Racing Lola Toyota driven by Nick Heidfeld of Germany, Neel Jani of Switzerland, and Nicolas Prost of France during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: The #4 Audi R18 ultra driven by Marco Bonanomi of Italy, Oliver Jarvis of Great Britian, and Mike Rockenfeller of Germany during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: The Toyota TS030 Hybrid driven by Nicolas Lapierre of France, Kazuki Nakajimi of Japan, and Alexander Wurz of Austria during practice for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: The Toyota TS030 Hybrid driven by Nicolas Lapierre of France, Kazuki Nakajimi of Japan, and Alexander Wurz of Austria during practice for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: The Toyota Racing Toyota TS 030 - Hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz of Austria, Nicolas Lapierre of France and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
  • The Toyota TS030 Hybrid n�8 driven by Antony Davidson of Britain, Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland and Stephane Sarrazin of France is seen in action ahead of the Toyota n�7 during the qualifying practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota TS 030 Hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz of Austria, Nicolas Lapierre of France and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan powers in the pit lane during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota TS030 Hybrid n�8 driven by Antony Davidson of Britain, Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland and Stephane Sarrazin of France is seen in action during the qualifying practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota Hybrid driven by Antony Davidson of Britain, Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland and Stephane Sarrazin of France is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota TS 030 Hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz of Austria, Nicolas Lapierre of France and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota TS 030 Hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz of Austria, Nicolas Lapierre of France and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: Satoshi Motoyama of Japan drives the #0 DeltaWing Nissan during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: Marino Franchitti of Scotland drives the #0 DeltaWing NIssan during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • The Delta Wing Nissan driven by Marino Franchitti of Britain, Mickael Krumm of Germnay and Satoshi Motoyama of Japan is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Delta Wing Nissan driven by Marino Franchitti ofBritain, Mickael Krumm of Germnay and Satoshi Motoyama of Japan in the pits during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Delta Wing Nissan driven by Marino Franchitti of Britain, Mickael Krumm of Germnay and Satoshi Motoyama of Japan is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Corvette driven by Antonio Garcia of Spain, Jan Magnussen of Denmark and US Jordan Taylor is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: The #73 Corvette Racing C6 ZR1 driven by Antonio Garcia of Spain, Jan Magnussen of Denmark, and Jordan Taylor of the United States during practice for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: Martin Brundle of Great Britain drives the #42 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan during practice for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 14: The #61 AF Corse - Waltrip Ferrari 458 driven by Brian Vickers of the United States, Rob Kauffman of the United States, and Rui Aguas of Portugal, during qualifying for the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 14, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • The Aston Martin driven by three Danish drivers Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen and Allan Simonsen is seen in action during the free practice session of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The race will begin on Saturday, June 16. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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