Full specs revealed for NASCAR Garage 56 Camaro that will race 24 Hours of Le Mans

NASCAR Garage 56 specs
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NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports unveiled the full specs for their Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that will race the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

During an announcement in Daytona International Speedway victory lane, the livery for the Next Gen also was revealed for the June 10-11 race.

Though the car will feature functioning headlights and taillights for the world’s biggest 24-hour race, the systems and components on the Le Mans model are very similar to the Next Gen car.

In a mild surprise, the Garage 56 car specifications also will include the same naturally aspirated, cast-iron small block V8 engine as the Cup car.

GARAGE 56 VS. NEXT GEN: Click here to compare the specs between the Cup and Le Mans cars

The Garage 56 Camaro will feature a larger fuel cell (by 12 gallons), carbon brake discs and specially designed tires. The Le Mans car is 2 inches longer than a Cup car and the same width but checks in more than 500 pounds lighter (at 2,960 pounds vs. 3,485 in Cup).

The Garage 56 vehicle also will run on TotalEnergies’ Excellium Racing 100, which is made from bioethanol produced by waste from French vineyards (and is the fuel for all cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship).

“From the beginning of this project, it was important to us that the car we bring to Le Mans is a true NASCAR stock car,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “While there have been some adjustments to allow the car to compete in a 24-hour endurance race, fans in Le Mans will be treated to the full NASCAR experience.”

The development has occurred over more than 3,600 miles logged at six tests — Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway, Goodyear Proving Grounds, Carolina Motorsports Park, Sebring International Raceway and the Daytona International Speedway road course. The car is slated next week for its first 24-hour test at Sebring.

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Since the announcement that Hendrick and NASCAR (in collaboration with Chevrolet and Goodyear) would field the Camaro in the world’s biggest endurance race, it’d been widely speculated that the car’s powerplant would feature some components of electrification.

Since its 2012 introduction, the Garage 56 entry at Le Mans traditionally has been known for innovation and technological advancements, often featuring alternate propulsion systems powered by biofuels and hydrogen.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series (which is owned by NASCAR) introduced hybrid engines to its premier prototype category this season, and it seems probable that the technology will reach the Cup Series eventually. It was a topic during a news conference Friday with the principals for each manufacturer (Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota) in the Cup Series.

“In every series, we are working on what are those steps to hybridization or are they going to do some testing in the electrification space,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of performance and motorsports for Chevrolet. “We have a lot to learn, as we do on the production side. In IMSA, we are running (a hybrid) in the GTP category, and in IndyCar, we have a hybrid coming next year. I think every series has a hybrid consideration, and I think there is going to be some testing in the (electric vehicle) space where we are really going to learn. And we do have to learn, not only technically, but from a market-facing and fan side.”

Said Mark Rushbrook, global director for Ford Performance Motorsports: “Electrification, it’s just when the time is right and when the technology is right. We’ve got a great formula here with Cup and Xfinity and truck and three good national series, but there’s an opportunity to look and do more and try to introduce that technology in a way that makes sense.”

During the March 2022 news conference to announce Garage 56, ACO President Pierre Fillon said NASCAR CEO Jim France pitched the Garage 56 idea around the concept of the Next Gen using a hybrid system in the future. According to SportsCar365.com, Fillon later confirmed the Camaro likely would require a hybrid powertrain.

The driver lineup for the car was unveiled three weeks ago at Daytona with 2009 Formula One champion Jenson Button joining seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller.

Courtesy of NASCAR, here are recent photos of the Garage 56 car on the shop floor at Hendrick Motorsports:


Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

Click here for 250 Overall results | 250 West Rider Points | 250 Combined Rider Points

The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s