The Alley

Nice Streak

Michelin holds the Le Mans record for consecutive wins for a tire maker entering 2013 with 15 consecutive overall race wins. 1998 – Porsche 911GT1-98 1999 – BMW V12 LMR 2000 – Audi R8 2001 – Audi R8 2002 – Audi R8 2003 – Bentley Speed 8 2004 – Audi R8 2005 – Audi R8 2006 – Audi R10 TDI Diesel 2007 – Audi R10 TDI Diesel 2008 – Audi R10 TDI Diesel 2009 – Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Diesel 2010—Audi R15 TDI plus 2011—Audi R18 TDI 2012—Audi R18...

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Dempsey: Lights! Camera! ACTION!

Patrick Dempsey’s journey to the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours race has successfully arrived at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Dempsey (right) and co-driver Joe Foster (center) have shifted gears, manufacturers, cars, engines and classes along the way due to the ever changing international motorsport’s landscape. The Discovery Channel group has been following Dempsey’s progress for a documentary series titled “Road to Le...

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One Amazing Test Session

Michelin places a tire engineer with every one of its partner teams at Le Mans to gain technical measures, insights and performance data for use in developing tires for consumers. With a wide variety of cars running at the same time on the same track in the same conditions, Le Mans provides a tremendous amount of data and helps support one of Michelin’s top objectives in motorsports, “race to learn.” Michelin has 21...

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Track Length

The Circuit La Sarthe is 13.629 km (8.469 mi) long with 38 total turns. The record for fastest lap is 3:19.074, held by Loïc Duval of LMP1 team Peugeot 908 HDi FAP in 2010. Duval set the best time on the recent Le Mans Test Day with a 3:22.50 clocking aboard the #2 Audi R18 e-tron...

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International Line-Up

The 168 drivers in the starting line-up for the 24 Hour race hail from 30 different countries. Audi’s defending champions; Andre Lotterer of Germany, Marcel Fassler of Switzerland and Benoit Treluyer of France provide a sense of the international flavor of the event. European drivers hail from Denmark, Great Britain, Spain, Austria, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, and...

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90 Years and Counting

Held annually near Le Mans, France, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s premier endurance sports car race. Le Mans celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013. The first Le Mans race was held in 1923. The race was won by Andre’ Lagache and Rene’ Leonard of France driving a Chenard et Walcker Sport fitted with MICHELIN® tires. They completed the race at an average speed of more than 90 kph (55 mph) around the original...

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