FOX Sports has released its coverage plans for next weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Bob Varsha and Brian Till set to host the twice-around-the-clock, multi-platform coverage, which begins Sat., June 17 (8:30 a.m. ET) on FS1 and FOX Sports GO.
With dozens of stories to cover throughout the exhausting race, Varsha believes one story may just rise above the rest.
“This year, no story is bigger than Toyota’s comeback from the most heartbreaking finish I can recall,” Varsha said. “After years of trying and massive effort on every front, they were leading comfortably last year when a mundane part failure caused the No. 5 car to roll to a stop at the start of the very last lap.
“Kaz Nakajima valiantly limped the car around to the flag, but he couldn’t go fast enough and was tossed from the classified finishers.
“The winners from Porsche walked into the stunned and emotional Toyota garage to commiserate, a scene I’ll never forget. Will this finally be Toyota’s year?”
Referred to as Audi Sports’ “Mr. Everything” by Autosport magazine, Brad Kettler makes his broadcast booth debut with FOX Sports, serving as a race analyst for the 10-person on-air team.
“In a way, I liken Brad’s addition to our commentary team to the arrival of Steve Matchett on our Formula One coverage years ago,” Varsha said.
“Steve mastered the role of the ‘mechanic in the booth,’ and that’s what Brad brings to the table.
“He has a glittering resume as a fabricator, mechanic, race engineer, crew chief, strategist, team manager, and so on,” added Varsha. “You name it and he’s done it.
“He has a long list of victories with Audi at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, but he’s an all-around car guy who will be able to give fans a window into the functioning of the teams and the thinking on the pit wall.
“I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think he’s a big addition, and I can’t wait to work with him.”
Tommy Kendall, Calvin Fish and Jamie Howe also serve as race analysts, with Justin Bell and Andrew Marriott reporting from the pits at the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans.
FOX Sports GO, now accessible to more than 95 million users in the U.S. through their participating pay-TV providers, offers uninterrupted coverage of endurance racing’s defining event.
FOX Sports 24 Hours of Le Mans schedule (all times ET and subject to change):
June 17 – FS1 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
June 17 – FS2 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM (June 18)
June 18 – FS1 1:00 AM to 9:30 AM
The entire race is streamed live on FOX Sports GO