Le Mans: The off-the-wall pictures thus far

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Le Mans offers a bevy of photo opportunities, but with some of the new photo crazes that have popped up in the last year or so, drivers and teams have gotten creative at this year’s race.

The Audi driver selfie…

The AF Corse driver selfie…

The Aston Martin driver selfie…

And the Nissan driver selfie features a photo bomb from NISMO’s Darren Cox…

Rebellion Racing with their helmets on, doing their best Daft Punk “Get Lucky” imitation:

Here’s then the No. 12 Rebellion crew of Nick Heidfeld, Mathias Beche and Nico Prost with their helmets off:

I’m not exactly sure what this is from Toyota Racing:

The Dempsey Racing crew actually waits for a photo opp…

Porsche’s LMP and GTE teams have fun during the autograph session:

The youngest driver in history, 16-year-old Matt McMurry, juxtaposed next to the previous youngest, Ricardo Rodriguez in 1959:

By far the coolest team shot, GM’s Richard Prince uses the Le Mans circuit to spell out in human and car form, C7.R, for Corvette Racing. Corvette Racing celebrates its 15th anniversary at Le Mans this year.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”