The venture was revealed in a joint announcement between NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports on the Sebring 12 Hours on Thursday afternoon.
They plan to take a modified Subsequent Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the famed French sportscar basic as an homage to NASCAR founder Invoice France Sr taking inventory vehicles to the race virtually half a century in the past.
Additional particulars, together with technical components of the automotive and the group’s driver lineup, shall be introduced at a later date.
“From the early days of NASCAR, it was necessary to my father that we performed a visual function in worldwide motorsports, and there’s no greater stage than the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” stated Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO.
“In partnering with Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, we’ve the winningest group, producer and tire in NASCAR historical past. We stay up for showcasing the expertise within the Subsequent Gen automotive and placing ahead a aggressive entry within the historic race.”
Hendrick Motorsports is the all-time chief in NASCAR Cup Sequence championships, points-paying victories and laps led. Its seven-time champion crew chief Chad Knaus will function its Storage 56 program supervisor.
“Taking part in one of many really iconic occasions in auto racing and representing NASCAR and Chevrolet on the world stage is a privilege,” stated Rick Hendrick, proprietor of Hendrick Motorsports.
“Jim deserves large credit score for having the imaginative and prescient for the venture, and we thank him for trusting our organisation with the duty.
“Regardless that Storage 56 is a ‘class of 1,’ we’re rivals and have each intention of placing a daring product on the racetrack for the followers at Le Mans.
“It’s a humbling alternative – one that can current an thrilling problem over the following 15 months – however our group is prepared.”
William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Axalta Chevrolet Camaro
Photograph by: Gavin Baker / NKP / Motorsport Images
Invoice France first introduced inventory vehicles to Le Mans on June 12, 1976, after reaching a take care of the occasion’s organizers. Two NASCAR race vehicles – a Dodge Charger owned and pushed by Hershel McGriff, and a Junie Donlavey owned Ford Torino pushed by Richard Brooks and Dick Hutcherson – competed in a newly-created Grand Worldwide class.
“Storage 56 is a particular alternative at Le Mans since this race has been a frontrunner in technological course of for the auto business over its practically century lengthy existence,” stated Pierre Fillon, president of l’Car Membership de l’Ouest (ACO), the organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“When the ACO receives an utility for a Storage 56 program, we start by speaking with designers, group companions, and suppliers with a purpose to set efficiency parameters such that this system could be profitable for everybody concerned.
“We’ll proceed to work with NASCAR and all their companions as they work towards their proposed 2023 Storage 56 venture.”
Storage 56 is the entry that the ACO units apart for the “expertise of tomorrow and past” of modern equipment.
The primary Storage 56 automotive was the Nissan DeltaWing in 2012, which in the end led to the Nissan ZEOD RC that accomplished one lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe on electrical energy solely.
The latest entry was the SRT41 automotive that allowed quadruple amputee Frederic Sausset to contest the 2016 race after which return final yr, with Sausset overseeing the operation this time, with two drivers who have been paralysed from the waist down.