With no man­u­fac­tur­er-led com­pe­ti­tion in LMP1, Toy­ota is prob­a­bly going to waltz away with a win this year.

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans ranks at the top of near­ly every motor­sport enthu­si­ast’s year­ly watch list — as it should — but if you’re in the US, stream­ing the race is typ­i­cal­ly a bit of a chal­lenge. In the past, it meant that you’d have to hop between sev­er­al ser­vices depend­ing on the time of day. But this year, things are quite a bit sim­pler, and that’s awe­some.

Here’s the good news: MotorTrend TV is stream­ing Le Mans in its entire­ty, and you can watch it via your cable provider or, if you’re a cord-cut­ter, via MotorTrendOnDemand.com or through the MotorTrend app. If you’re not already signed up, you get a 14-day free tri­al, and after that it’s only $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year to sub­scribe. 

The bad news is that MT is pret­ty much the only game in town unless you want to get into using a VPN ser­vice to try and trick the Euro­pean stream­ing ser­vices into think­ing you’re on the con­ti­nent, but that’s more com­pli­cat­ed than we’re will­ing to deal with and sketch­i­er than we’re will­ing to endorse.

In any case, MotorTrend TV is the new name for the Veloc­i­ty chan­nel, which was the spin-off for auto­mo­tive con­tent of the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel. It offers tons of race cov­er­age for events oth­er than Le Mans as well as a bunch of orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming. It’s not a ter­ri­ble deal, all things con­sid­ered.

That’s pret­ty much it.

That is, unless, actu­al­ly watch­ing the race isn’t a require­ment for you. RadioLeMans.co always offers fan­tas­tic audio cov­er­age of the race, and it’s free. It’s actu­al­ly one of my favorite ways to expe­ri­ence the race since I don’t feel so glued to the TV for 24 hours.

As always, Le Mans promis­es to be one of the best sport­ing events to hap­pen all year long, even though the top LMP1 cat­e­go­ry is a one-make show now that Audi and Porsche have pulled out, though sev­er­al pri­va­teer teams are hop­ing to take Toy­ota on. That being said, there is always plen­ty of action in the low­er class­es, and this year marks the last for Ford’s excel­lent GT pro­gram.

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