Come nightfall, the track is shrouded in darkness, but that doesn't mean the laps are no longer viewer friendly. Baime heads to the grandstand in Terte Rouge, the highest point in Le Mans. "At night, you can hear cars coming before you can see them," he says. "When you see them, you see these headlights stabbing through the night as they go under the Dunlop bridge, fly down a hill, and take a hard left-hand turn." For the drivers, it's like being on a desolate highway. Once you get in, you are alone with the car all night," Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller explained in the Le Mans documentary Truth in 24. "You do three to four hours and you are so awake. You have so much adrenaline." Racers rarely sleep between shifts behind the wheel. "The teams all have spaces for the drivers to rest, but I've often found plenty of them still in the garage, in the dead of night, staring at the TV screens and ready to go if there's a problem," Codling says.