American fans of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship will need to look somewhere other than FOX wait to watch the iconic race and the European sports car series in 2018.
With its coverage of Le Mans dating back to the 1990s, and its place as the home of the FIA WEC in recent years, FOX and its FOX Sports 1 and 2 cable channels have been the domestic home for both properties. But in June of 2017, one day before the start of the race, the LM24 broadcasting team was informed the company had chosen to let its coverage contract expire at the end of the year, making it the final time the French classic would be aired on FOX.
Separately, the FIA WEC and FOX also parted ways, leaving IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as its featured endurance racing product with the 2018 season about to launch later this month at Daytona.
A FOX spokesperson confirmed both widely known changes when reached by RACER, leaving the final question of which outlet will host the LM24 and FIA WEC in the coming months.
The Discovery-owned Velocity cable channel, which reaches an audience of more than 60 million viewers, continues to be rumored as the destination for the LM24, and possibly the FIA WEC.