ALMS: No Free Show for U.S. Viewers This Year
The 12 Hours of Sebring, which takes the green flag Saturday, will be the first test of the American Le Mans Series’ new TV package, which includes live coverage that is available only online. And due to a late adjustment on Wednesday, the broadcast offered on the series’ own Web site, www.americanlemans.com, will only be available to viewers outside the United States.
The organizers had originally announced, “Those currently unable to access the myriad of ESPN players, including ALMS’ loyal Canadian fans and those in Europe, will be able to view live Web broadcasts on americanlemans.com.”
If you want to watch the ALMS season live within the 50 states, you’ll have to watch on ESPN3, which is part of a package available through most, but not all, cable TV systems. If you have a non-participating cable system, or have DirectTV, you won’ be able to watch live on the ESPN site.
There will be, however, a 90-minute tape-delayed summary of the Sebring race to air on Sunday. ABC will show it starting at 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Eastern. It will be repeated on ESPN2.
All of the series’ nine ALMS races, plus qualifying sessions, will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Four of those races (Sebring, Road America, Baltimore and Petit Le Mans) will air on ABC. The other five (Long Beach, Lime Rock Park, Mosport, Mid-Ohio and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) will air on ESPN2. The ABC race programs will be repeated on ESPN2.