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.

Kyle Busch happy with first stint: ‘Put me in the car, there’s excitement!’

AP Photo/Terry Renna
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Rolex 24 at Daytona debut of the “KB Show” was cut short by a strategy maneuver but still delivered drama and a positive result.

Kyle Busch got the No. 14 RCF GT3 Lexus back on the lead lap and back in contention for a GTD victory at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was good,” Kyle Busch said with a broad smile after a 42-minute stint. “Just, uh, shit, put me in the car, and there’s excitement around! Drove all my way back to the lead lap and everything.

“Overall, we’ve had a good experience and hell I only got one stint in, so I’m ready for more. Sign me up, coach!”

The two-time Cup champion was expected to drive for at least 90 minutes, but the first full-course caution of the race (with 19 hours and 16 minutes remaining) caused AIM Vasser Sullivan to change up its drive plan. Busch was called to the pits in favor of Parker Chase.

“With all the strategy and the way the wave-bys work here, it’s quite different than what we’re accustomed to (in NASCAR),” said Busch, who likely will drive longer now later in the race. “That wasn’t bad. To get ourselves back on the lead lap and back to a position where we can start scrapping again hopefully is what we needed.

“So I got one stint in, but I’m trying to save myself and (teammate) Jack (Hawksworth) for a little later.”

Busch climbed into the car shortly after 6 p.m. as the last of the No. 14’s four drivers. He complained a few times on his radio about traffic, which he said was his biggest challenge.

“There were a couple of instances we ran down a smaller car, and (it was) just mirror driving in front of us,” he said. “That was pretty bad. We lost probably 2 seconds on that. Overall, I guess that’s road racing.

The yellow flag was exactly what Busch’s team needed after being forced to start from the rear of the field when it missed qualifying because of an engine change. Hawksworth, who started the race, said the car was “quick in the wrong places and slow in the right places” after struggling with handling and speed in the first stint.

“I don’t feel we’re out of it,” Hawksworth said. “It’s a very long race. Still early days. We need to work on having speed for the end of the race. The position right now doesn’t really make any difference. We’ll need to find some performance at the end of the race to fight for the win.”