Le Mans! Flag to flag media coverage

Fans of sports car racing know that Christmas comes in June, with the annual running of one of the most famous sporting events in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the increased interest in sports car racing in recent years, media coverage of the race has ramped up, and U.S. fans can watch 20 hours of live TV coverage this year on SPEED Channel, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday. (Prerace coverage of Le Mans testing and qualifying sessions begins at 9:30 a.m.)

But wait, there's much more media! Radio Le Mans offers continuous audio coverage, with numerous driver and team manager interviews and analysis, via their website at radiolemans.com. For very frequent web updates and analysis, one of the better websites belongs to U.K.-based Crash.net, including audio coverage on Crash.net radio. Le Blog Auto reports that live streaming video coverage of the race will be available here, if you're stuck at the office.

A number of teams are providing their own coverage of the race. ALMS fans can follow the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche (pictured), which qualified fourth in GT2, via the lizards' liveblogging efforts. You can also listen in to the team's Live Lizard Radio Scan - a real-time feed of the team's radio network.

In GT1, the Corvette team has posted a number of podcasts in the runup to the race (available at the GM FastLane blog), and we can expect more during the weekend.

In the meantime, stock up on chips and beer, and warm up the barcalounger. Maybe warm up with a screening of Steve McQueen's classic "Le Mans."

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