Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR at Le Mans in 2023!
Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR will be at Le Mans in 2023 in garage 56 with Next Gen. The car will be modified to comply with the technical regulations of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The announcement was made yesterday at Sebring at the start of the 2022 FIA WEC season.
Nearly half a century after Bill France Sr. fielded production cars at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports have announced plans to enter the race in 2023 as 56th stand.
The garage 56 project for the 2023 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the result of a collaboration between IMSA, Chevrolet and Goodyear. The goal is to bring a specially prepared Camaro ZL1 NASCAR to the greatest endurance race. This project is overseen by seven-time champion team leader Chad Knaus.
The technical elements of the car and the drivers will be announced later.
From the start of NASCAR it was important to my father that we play a visible role in international motorsport. There’s no bigger stage than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, we have the winningest team, manufacturer and tire manufacturer in NASCAR history. We look forward to showcasing Next Gen technology. We want to offer a competitive car in this historic race.
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO and son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.
The ideal team for NASCAR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
Hendrick Motorsports is the team with the most NASCAR Cup Series victories. This program will be led by seven-time champion team leader Chad Knaus. He supported pilot Jimmie Johnson between 2006 and 2016,
Participating in one of motor racing’s most iconic events and representing NASCAR and Chevrolet on the world stage is a privilege. Jim deserves huge credit for having the vision for the project. We thank him for entrusting this responsibility to our organization. Even though garage 56 is a class apart, we are competitors. We have every intention of bringing a bold product to the circuit for Le Mans fans. It’s an exciting challenge for the next fifteen months, but our team is ready.
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports