Le Mans: Meet the Americans in this year’s 24 Hours

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Here’s a look at the 18 American drivers in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans (7 LMP2, 2 GTE-Pro, 9 GTE-Am). The number is the same as last year, thanks to an increase in the LMP2 class balancing out the drop in GTE-Am.

  • David Cheng, Chinese-born but sharing U.S. and Hong Kong residence, makes his second 24 Hours of Le Mans start in the No. 29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan in LMP2.
  • Scott Sharp will be one of four American drivers in the Tequila Patron ESM team. He’s in the team’s No. 30 Ligier JS P2 Honda, while Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and race debutante Jon Fogarty share the No. 31 Ligier.
  • Team principal Tracy Krohn brings Krohn Racing up to LMP2 with the No. 40 Ligier JS P2 Judd.
  • South African-born Mark Patterson races under U.S. nationality and shares the No. 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan in LMP2.
  • Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor, two of the three drivers in the No. 64 Corvette C7.R, are the only two Americans in GTE-Pro. The delightfully quirky Taylor (pictured above) comes to Le Mans sans mullet this year.
  • Ben Keating and Marc Miller fly the flag for the U.S.A. in the red, white and blue No. 53 ViperExchange.com SRT Viper GTS-R for Riley Motorsports-TI Automotive.
  • Peter Ashley Mann will be in the No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia.
  • Scuderia Corsa has an all-American lineup of race debutantes Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell and Jeff Segal in the No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia.
  • Michael Avenatti will make his Le Mans race debut in the No. 66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia that he’ll share with Kuba Giermaziak and Abdulaziz Al Faisal.
  • Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long are together for the third straight year in the No. 77 Dempsey Racing-Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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