The international endurance in France known as the 24 Hours of Le Mans is an invitational event. While NASCAR anticipated they would receive that invitation, the official invitation was extended Monday.
Coupled with the announcement, NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet, and Goodyear also unveiled that the Garage 56 project would carry the number 24 during the race.
What You Need to Know:
- NASCAR’s collaborative effort, Garage 56, is officially racing in the historic international endurance race – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- The team announced they would have the number 24 on the car, an iconic Hendrick number.
- Garage 56’s entry is a modified version of the 7th Gen Camaro ZL1 that races in the Cup series. The project explores what is possible on NASCAR’s platform.
In the Stands
Fans were proud to see Jeff Gordon’s number involved after not seeing his name on the driver roster for the race.
Twitter user, Addicted to Racing explained why Garage56 wasn’t simply 56 in Le Mans.
On Reddit, fans got excited for merch sales with the 24 on the car while debating Gordon’s absence from the cockpit.
From the Officials
There will be 62 cars on the Le Mans grid. Garage56’s ZL1 entry is the lone “innovative car”.
The project is another step in NASCAR’s mission of “Always Forward.” Fans might see more of the hybrid driven sports car in the future with NASCAR’s owned sports car series IMSA.
TDD will have more on the project and the Le Mans entry as the story progresses.