NASCAR Cup Series team owner Hendrick Motorsports isone of the most successful car owners in the sport.

With the help of NASCAR, IMSA, Chevrolet, and Goodyear Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports is hoping to bring a modified Next Gen stock car to the 24 Hours at Le Mans in 2023 – which marks the centennial celebration of the race.

While this would not be his first involvement with IMSA, it would be Hendrick’s first 24 Hour race at Le Mans with a Garage 56 car.

Once approved by the l’Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the specially modified Camaro ZL1 would occupy Garage 56 – the spot reserved for entries that represent nontraditional innovative vehicles.

Former crew chief and current vice president of competition Chad Knaus is overseeing the project. Knaus noted that the driving team would be announced at a later date. The seven time champion crew chief has epxressed an interest in running a race at Le Mans.

The seventh generation car, the Next Gen car has been year in the making and will bring an American flavour to the Circuit de la Sarthe.


NASCAR chariman and CEO Jim France spoke on the chance to run a NASCAR stock car at Le Mans saying, “from the early days of NASCAR, it was important to my father that we played a visible role in international motorsports, and there is no bigger stage than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In partnering with Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, we have the winningest team, manufacturer and tire in NASCAR history. We look forward to showcasing the technology in the Next Gen car and putting forward a competitive entry in the historic race.”

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendick spoke on the opportunity to put a car in the race at Le Mans saying, “participating in one of the truly iconic events in auto racing and representing NASCAR and Chevrolet on the world stage is a privilege. Jim deserves tremendous credit for having the vision for the project, and we thank him for trusting our organization with the responsibility. Even though Garage 56 is a ‘class of one,’ we are competitors and have every intention of putting a bold product on the racetrack for the fans at Le Mans. It’s a humbling opportunity — one that will present an exciting challenge over the next 15 months — but our team is ready.”

The Hendricks Motorsports entry would not be the first forray for NASCAR into Le Mans; NASCAR founder Bill France Sr arranged for Hershel and Doug McGriff; as well as, Junie Donlavey with Richard Brooks, Dick Hutcherson and Marcel Mignon as drivers to run in a Le Mans race.

A special entry, the car that occupies Garage 56 is not eligible for the overall race win; but can be listed as winner in class. The 55 car field runs the 24 hour endurance race on the streets of Monaco.