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.

Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.