On June 10 and 11, 2023, the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be celebrated. The fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be an important event. Today, Friday, May 5, the names of the 186 drivers who are likely to take part is made public.
At the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, 62 cars representing the present and future of endurance will line up. This is a great honour for an event that is enjoying its 100th anniversary in June.
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There will be no less than 16 Hypercars from seven different companies in the top class. So, the race for the total win will be between Porsche, Peugeot, Ferrari, Vanwall, Glickenhaus, Toyota, and Cadillac, all of which have left their mark on the history of racing. Recent stars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans like Sébastien Buemi (four wins), André Lotterer (three wins), and Romain Dumas (twice a winner and holder of the distance record) will be in the Hypercar class, which will put on a great show.
As usual, the LMP2 class is getting ready for a tough 24-hour race. Teams like Jota, United Autosports, Prema Racing, Team WRT, and Alpine Elf Team are among the 24 participants. They offer a high level of competition in a class with both new talent and experienced drivers with good track records. It puts together the powerful talent of 17-year-old Josh Pierson, the experience of Simon Pagenaud, Nicolas Lapierre, and 2016 winner Neel Jani, and Charles Milesi, who has already won a class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 91st 24 Hours of Le Mans will be a blast thanks to the LMGTE Am class. Over the years, there have been some memorable fights in this area, so it's not strange that people like to watch it. This year, 21 teams from all over the world will compete to get on the podium at Le Mans. After his first race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022, Michael Fassbender kept following his dream of racing. The regular stars of GT, like Ben Keating, Daniel Serra, and Richard Lietz, will be there and hope that their knowledge shows.
Lilou Wadoux became the first woman to win a class in the FIA WEC at the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Four more people will try to add their names to the list of race winners at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the early parts of the season, Doriane Pin's Prema Racing LMP2 prototype has been very fast. In LMGTE Am, Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting, and Rahel Frey, who make up the Iron Dames, know how to get the crowd excited and make it all the way to the platform.
At the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary, several former Formula One drivers are following the practise of switching to endurance racing. Since 1950, when the top single-seater tournament began, many heroes have taken on the task of Le Mans, and 2023 will be no different. For example, 1997 World F1 Champion Jacques Villeneuve will drive for the Floyd Vanwall Racing Team Hypercar entry. Jenson Button, who won the World Championship in 2009, will also be there, driving the Henrick Motorsports NASCAR Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In addition to these two live giants, Antonio Giovinazzi, Paul Di Resta, Robert Kubica, and many others will try to steal the show at this special event.
A NASCAR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
For this important episode, a NASCAR has joined the journey. In Garage 56, fans can see and hear a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that looks and sounds a lot like the one that races in the famous American championship. Henrick Motorsports has gotten three well-known people to take turns driving. Mike Rockenfeller, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, and Jimmie Johnson, who has won the NASCAR championship seven times in a Chevrolet, will be with Jenson Button. A great US-style show is coming up!