Sports cars: FIA WEC, LM24, ELMS entry lists revealed

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Today was entry list reveal day for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans and European Le Mans Series, and to most in the sports car racing world that’s akin to Christmas morning in February.

Announced in Paris, the WEC entry list sees a full field of 35 entries accepted. A few quick notes to follow:

  • LMP1 leads the way with 11 cars, two apiece from Audi, Toyota, Porsche and Nissan with the three privateer entries, two Rebellion and one ByKolles completing the grid.
  • LMP2 has 10 cars, up from four full-season entries in 2014.
  • GTE-Pro has seven cars entered: two AF Corse Ferraris, two Porsches and three Aston Martins.
  • GTE-Am has a further seven entered, with the same manufacturer breakdown as in GTE-Pro except with a Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R replacing a third Aston.

HERE IS THE FULL 2015 WEC ENTRY LIST.

Meanwhile shifting to Le Mans, the 35 full-season entries from the WEC are taken up, which leaves 21 at-large spots for the field of 56. Notable among the four classes here:

  • LMP1 adds three extra third cars, one apiece from Audi, Porsche and Nissan.
  • LMP2 has a bumper crop of 20 cars, up from 10 in the WEC. Notable additions here include 2014 WEC champions SMP Racing, who are competing with new BR01s in the ELMS this year, and Jota Sport, the 2014 Le Mans race winners.
  • GTE-Pro sees Corvette Racing take up its usual grid spot with two cars. Ryan Briscoe and Jordan Taylor have been confirmed as third drivers of the renumbered Nos. 63 and 64 Corvette C7.Rs.
  • GTE-Am almost doubles for the race, with 13 cars listed compared to the seven in WEC.

HERE IS THE FULL 2015 LM24 ENTRY LIST.

In ELMS, 34 cars are spread across four classes (LMP2, LMP3, GTE and GTC).

HERE IS THE FULL 2015 ELMS ENTRY LIST.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.