The entry list for 2023’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been released and the Garage 56 entry is officially part of the event.
The collaborative effort between Hendrick Motorsports, NASCAR, Chevrolet and Goodyear had been awaiting its official invite for the event.
For the 100th running of the endurance event on June 10-11, 2023, the entry will carry a car number that has a storied history for both Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR – the No. 24 made famous by team vice chairman Jeff Gordon. The NASCAR Hall of Famer won 93 NASCAR Cup Series races and four championships in the car number. In total, the iconic number has won 97 Cup Series races (fifth-most in NASCAR history) with current driver William Byron adding four wins to the ledger.
The driver lineup for Garage 56 was revealed was last month. Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Jenson Button will be the three drivers with Jordan Taylor as the backup driver and coach of a roster that team owner Rick Hendrick said he “didn‘t dream we would have.” That foursome brings a wealth of racing experience and championships to the table. Knaus, Johnson‘s former crew chief for seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, is heading up the project while Greg Ives is essentially serving as the crew chief.
A legendary number for a legendary event.
The #NextGenG56 will be running the No. 24 at this year‘s @24hoursoflemans! pic.twitter.com/ZIZqIoduIF
— NASCARG56 (@nascarg56) February 27, 2023
See also: Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Jenson Button piloting NASCAR‘s Garage 56 entry at Le Mans