The world’s oldest sports car race, the 24 Heures du Mans is held every year in June in Le Mans, France. This endurance race, which began in 1923, is considered one of the elite auto races in the world and is part of the Triple Crown of racing, alongside the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 in the US. The 2016 event will be held June 15-19, and actor Brad Pitt will give the race kickoff.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, Circuit de la Sarathe, is a combination of track and public roads that are closed for the race. The race speeds typically top out at 205 mph, and the cars are driven by at least two race drivers to prevent driver fatigue, as the race is literally 24 hours. Originally the car that covered the most miles was declared the winner of the race; however now, it's how many laps the car made. The car must cross the finish line after 24 hours has passed.
Porsche has won the most 24 Heures du Mans races, with 17; Audi is next with 13; and Ferrari third with nine. Danish driver Tom Kristensen has won the race nine times, besting longtime record holder Jacky Ickx, who won the race six times.
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