Le Mans: 2015 class breakdown by car

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This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans features a bevy of different manufacturers and chassis/engine combinations.

There’s 33 prototypes, up by six from last year, split between 14 LMP1 and 19 LMP2, while there are only 23 GTE cars, split 9-14 between GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.

Here’s a breakdown by car:

LMP1 (14): 

  • 2 Toyota TS040 Hybrids, (Nos. 1, 2)
  • 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattros, (Nos. 7, 8, 9)
  • 3 Porsche 919 Hybrids, (Nos. 17, 18, 19)
  • 3 Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs (Nos. 21, 22, 23)
  • 1 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER (No. 4)
  • 2 Rebellion R-One AERs (Nos. 12, 13)

LMP2 (19):

  • 3 Ligier JS P2 Nissans (Nos. 26, 28, 35)
  • 3 Ligier JS P2 Hondas (No. 30, 31, 34)
  • 2 BR01 Nissans (Nos. 27, 37)
  • 2 Gibson 015S Nissans (Nos. 38, 41)
  • 2 Oreca 03R Nissans (Nos. 45, 48)
  • 2 Oreca 05 Nissans (Nos. 46, 47)
  • 1 Morgan Nissan (No. 29)
  • 1 Alpine A450 Nissan (No. 36)
  • 1 Ligier JS P2 Judd (No. 40)
  • 1 Dome S103 Nissan (No. 42)
  • 1 Morgan EVO SARD (No. 43)

GTE-Pro (9):

  • 3 Aston Martin Vantages (Nos. 95, 97, 99)
  • 2 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 51, 71)
  • 2 Corvette C7.Rs (Nos. 63, 64)
  • 2 Porsche 911 RSRs (Nos. 91, 92)

GTE-Am (14):

  • 6 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 55, 61, 62, 66, 72, 83)
  • 3 Porsche 911 RSRs (Nos. 68, 77, 88)
  • 2 Aston Martin Vantage (Nos. 96, 98)
  • 1 Corvette C7.R (No. 50)
  • 1 SRT Viper GTS-R (No. 53)
  • 1 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (No. 67)

Porsche, with three LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrids, two factory 911 RSRs in GTE-Pro and three 911 RSRs plus an older 911 GT3 RSR in GTE-Am, has a total of nine cars entered, which is most in the field.

Onroak Automotive, via seven Ligier JS P2 chassis and two of the open-top Morgans, has nine chassis entered to match Porsche’s output.

Ferrari had 11 GTE-Am entries last year and is down to six this year, but coupled with its pair of GTE-Pro entries, has a GTE class-leading eight cars. Porsche has six cars, Aston Martin five, Corvette three and Viper one.

Nissan powers 14 of the 19 cars in LMP2 and coupled with its three factory prototypes in LMP1, powers 17 of the 56 cars entered to lead the way in engine supply.

All cars run on Michelin in LMP1, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, with the exception of the No. 66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia in GTE-Am, the lone GTE car on Dunlops.

In LMP2, 15 of the 19 cars run on Dunlops, with the exception of the two SMP Racing BR01 Nissans, Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan and Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd, which run on Michelins.

All told Michelin has 40 of the 56 entries, with Dunlop supplying the other 16 cars.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”