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Full 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans driver lineups released

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Most of the driver lineups for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans have been released, and on Wednesday the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the full list of 60 cars and 180 drivers.

There’s 27 different countries represented among the drivers, and 19 different countries represented among the teams.

Here’s the full entry list.

From an American standpoint, there are 23 American-listed drivers, including three all-American lineups (Nos. 30, 62, 89) and they’re listed below:

  • No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2 Nissan, Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek
  • No. 35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine A460 Nissan, David Cheng (Chinese-born but sharing U.S. and Hong Kong residence)
  • No. 36 Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan, Gustavo Menezes
  • No. 40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan, Tracy Krohn
  • No. 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan, Ben Keating
  • No. 49 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, John Pew (Ozz Negri is Brazilian but listed as USA)
  • No. 63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R, Ricky Taylor
  • No. 64 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R, Tommy Milner, Jordan Taylor
  • No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK Ford GT, Billy Johnson
  • No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA Ford GT, Joey Hand
  • No. 57 Team AAI Corvette C7.R, Johnny O’Connell (Mark Patterson is South African-born but listed as USA)
  • No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia, Jeff Segal, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler
  • No. 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR, Patrick Long
  • No. 89 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR, Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, Marc Miller

ESM (Nos. 30 and 31), Krohn (No. 40), Shank (No. 49), Corvette (Nos. 63 and 64), Ford CGR Team UK/USA (Nos. 66, 67, 68 and 69), Risi Competizione (No. 82) and Scuderia Corsa (No. 62) also make it seven American-entered teams fielding 12 cars of the 60 cars entered into this year’s race.

Here was a look at last year’s field of American drivers at Le Mans.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.