Saturday, June 17, 2017
24 HEURES DU MANS |14:24:00
The field is running behind the safety cars for the first (& one hopes, only) time in this eighty-fifth running of the "Grand Prix of Endurance." The Circuit de la Sarthe is so long—eight & a half miles—that three safety cars are used, a choreographed ballet that is a necessary evil of this greatest of all days in motorsport. There had been lots of incidents earlier in the race, but those had been dealt with by the use of "slow zones" that neutralized only a portion of the circuit instead of the whole thing.