FOX Sports reveals WEC commentary team

Veteran sports broadcaster Bob Varsha and former racer Calvin Fish will lead FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.

FOX Sports reveals WEC commentary team
Bob Varsha
Calvin Fish
Tommy Kendall
Patrick Long and Justin Bell
Calvin Fish
Bob Varsha

In addition to Varsha and Fish, FOX Sports also will utilize WEC announcers John Hindhaugh and Graham Goodwin, with Louise Beckett reporting from the pits.

For the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Varsha and Brian Till will call the action, with analysis from Fish, Tommy Kendall and Jamie Howe, as Justin Bell and Andrew Marriott report from around the paddock.

"The WEC carries on the tradition of endurance sports car competition centered around the greatest road race on earth, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Varsha said. “From the astonishing hybrid technology of the big prototypes to the thundering GT cars pictured on the bedroom walls of every kid who dreams of Porsche, Corvette, Ferrari and Aston Martin, this is where you'll find them all racing together. 

The first two six-hour events in England and Belgium offer the added storyline of teams preparing for Le Mans, followed by a new event in Mexico City, and of course a visit to the Circuit of The Americas in Texas.

“Audi and Toyota have built all-new hybrids to try to counter Porsche's sweep of Le Mans and the 2015 titles, and of course Ford is back in the fight with their new GT, hoping to repeat their historic Le Mans victory of 60 years ago,” Varsha added.

“I'm sure I speak for Calvin as well when I say we are honored and excited to bring this awesome world championship to our FOX Sports viewers." 

The 2016 FOX WEC schedule

(all times Eastern and subject to change):

  • April 17 – Six Hours of Silverstone (7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, FS1, Live)
  • April 17 – Six Hours of Silverstone (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, FS2, Live)
  • May 7 – Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (8:30 AM to 9:00 AM, FS1, Live)
  • May 7 – Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, FS2, Live)
  • June 18 – 24 Hours of Le Mans (Schedule to be announced)
  • July 24 – Six Hours of Nürburgring (7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, FS1, Live)
  • Sept. 4 – Six Hours of Mexico City (5:30 PM to 10:00 PM, FS2, Live)
  • Sept. 17 – Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas (6:00 PM to Midnight, FS2, Live)
  • Oct. 15 – Six Hours of Fuji (12:30 AM to 4:00 AM, FS2, Live)
  • Nov. 5 – Six Hours of Shanghai (11:00 PM to 3:00 AM, FS2, Live)
  • Nov. 6 – Six Hours of Shanghai (3:00 AM to 5:00 AM, FS1, Live)
  • Nov. 19 – Six Hours of Bahrain (8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, FS1, Live)
shares
comments
Aston Martin names line-up for WEC campaign

Previous article

Aston Martin names line-up for WEC campaign

Next article

Nissan announces global motorsport program for 2016 - video

Nissan announces global motorsport program for 2016 - video
Load comments
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

WEC
Jul 24, 2021
How glitches threatened Toyota's unbeaten WEC streak Prime

How glitches threatened Toyota's unbeaten WEC streak

The FIA World Endurance Championship's long-awaited return to Monza posed the sternest test yet for Toyota's new hypercar. Although the Japanese marque's GR010 Hybrid remains unbeaten, the victory for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi was far from plain sailing.

WEC
Jul 19, 2021
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Prime

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness.

Le Mans
Jun 23, 2021
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge kept Toyota clear Prime

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge kept Toyota clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance.

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota Prime

Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota

This weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship marks the 100th world champion prototype start for Toyota. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago.

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Prime

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Prime

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory.

WEC
May 4, 2021