Eight entries with U.S. ties will race 24 Hours of Le Mans for overall victory in 2023

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list for 2023 will feature eight cars with American ties that will compete for the overall victory as the “Ford vs. Ferrari” era returns to the world’s biggest sports car race June 10-11.

Cadillac will have three Le Mans entries with its V-Series.R cars, two of which race full time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Grand Touring Prototype class. They will compete for the overall victory in the Hypercar class, along with the Porsche 963s of Porsche Penske Motorsport.

Iconic team owner Roger Penske, whose teams have won 18 Indy 500s and three Daytona 500s, is trying to win the Le Mans overall for the first time. This year will be the 100th running of the marquee event at Circuit de la Sarthe.

Glickenhaus Racing, a U.S.-based high-performance automotive company that has competed in the World Endurance Championship and raced Le Mans in 2021, also has two prototype entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

IMSA’s premier prototype division was been overhauled this season with the introduction of the rebranded GTP class of Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) cars that can cross over to the premier Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship (the sports car series that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans).

LE MANS ENTRY LIST: Click here for the cars racing in France this June

For the first time in a few decades (and harkening back to the 1960s heyday chronicled in the “Ford vs. Ferrari” movie), the GTP category’s LMDh cars will allow the same team and car to win the overall crowns at Daytona and Le Mans (though Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura, the 2023 Rolex 24 overall winner, won’t be racing at Le Mans this year).

The Cadillac Racing lineup will include Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 2 (drivers Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook) and No. 3 (drivers Sébastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon for an entry that’s No. 01 in IMSA). The Whelen Engineering Action Express No. 31 Cadillac V-Series.R, which also competes full time in IMSA, will be driven by Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken.

“Cadillac is excited to build on its racing legacy by competing against the very best internationally and at one of the world’s toughest races,” GM sports car racing program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser said in a release. “We’re proud to be representing the United States and the Cadillac V-Series.R is a great continuation of our racing heritage.”

Cadillac made its Le Mans debut in 1950 with privateers Briggs Cunningham and Miles and Sam Collier driving Series 61 coupes cars  powered by the Cadillac 5.4-liter OHV V-8 engine. Cadillac competed in the LMP division of Le Mans in 2000-02 with a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8-powered Northstar.

Penske Porsche Motorsport will be represented by the No. 5 (drivers Dane Cameron, Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki), the No. 6 (Kévin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and André Lotterer) and the No. 75 (Felipe Nasr and two TBA teammates).

There also are two more entries from IMSA for winners of contingency awards — the No. 13 of John Farano and Tower Motorsports in LMP2 (for the Jim Trueman Award) and the No. 16 of Ryan Hardwick and Proton Competition (for the Bob Akin Award) in LMGTE Am.

The Le Mans entry list also confirmed the Garage 56 slot for the Next Gen Camaro being prepared by Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR.

Eli Tomac wins Seattle Supercross, ties Cooper Webb in championship points


In the past two weeks, Eli Tomac lost his momentum and with it the Monster Energy Supercross red plate to Cooper Webb, but a gutsy performance in Seattle gave him a sixth win of the season as he and the series heads into an off week tied. Tomac is currently tied in the points with Webb.

With this win, Tomac also ties James Stewart for second on the all-time wins list at 50 with six rounds remaining in 2023.

“I needed that bounce back,” Tomac told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “It was almost like I was in a little bit of a slump in the past couple of weeks; just a little bit off. I’m feeling much better now. That track raced really cool. There were a lot of different lines out there.

“It was obviously very dicey early on. I got passed and then had to make those passes back.”

Tomac suffered with a stiff neck in Indianapolis two weeks ago when he lost the red plate to Webb for the first time in 2023. In that race, he scored his worst finish of the season in eighth. He lost more points in Detroit after finishing a distant third behind Chase Sexton and Webb. This is the fifth time this season that Tomac and Webb finished 1-2 in a race. Tomac has won them all, but Webb has been more consistent.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Seattle

Webb was disappointed to lose the ground to Tomac, but he will enter the Glendale, Arizona race with a red plate and a share of the points’ lead.

“It was overall a great night to get up front and get a second was great,” Webb said after the race. “Those few spots where I would get close to Eli and then make a mistake.

“The track was gnarly. It was no joke. It was cat and mouse as to who could ride the cleanest race and pick the line. I got off to a decent start, but Chase and Eli were ahead of me and I had some catchup to play and got into a good position.”

Early in the race, Sexton was indeed ahead of Webb and the remainder of the field. Another costly mistake sent Sexton to the ground. He battled back to finish fifth but is now 22 points out of the lead and in jeopardy of dropping out of championship contention unless Tomac and Webb have problems.

Rounding out the podium was Justin Barcia, who scored the third-place finish on his birthday

“Awesome ride,” Barcia said. “It was a lot of fun. I’m sure we kept the fans on their feet tonight. The track was gnarly. […] We’re searching; we’re so close to having that speed. We want it so badly. We’ll keep pushing hard and going for that win.”

Sexton’s mistake kept the three top points’ earners of 2023 from sharing the podium for the sixth time in 11 rounds, but the trio finished 1-2-3 in Heat 2 with Webb first, Sexton second and Tomac third.

The 250 West contenders were back in action after giving the last four rounds over to the East riders and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left off in Oakland: In Victory Lane. Lawrence scored his fourth win in five 250 West rounds. Last week his brother Hunter Lawrence tied Jett with 10 wins, but everyone knew it would not take long for Jett to regain the advantage.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but one race each in their respective divisions.

Lawrence rode a patient race in the Main. He settled in behind Stylez Robertson and concentrated on navigating the ruts mistake-free. He could not afford to be patient any longer when Cameron McAdoo caught up to the leaders. Lawrence found a second gear and gapped the battle for second.

An incident in their main made the battle between Lawrence and McAdoo more dramatic. While racing for second, the pair of riders ran out of room in the rhythm section. Both crashed but had a large enough lead over fourth to maintain their positions.

“It was a very eventful day,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’s Daniel Blair, answering a question about the earlier contact. “[…] It’s good to be back racing. It’s been a while. I feel like I’ve had another offseason. Glad to get out in one piece tonight.”

Lawrence now has a 23-point advantage over the field with four rounds remaining.

Click here for full 250 Main Results

RJ Hampshire finished second in his race and is second in the points after a seesaw affair that produced the final pass for position just before the white flag was displayed.

“I felt like I had a pretty good pace going for a little bit,” Hampshire said. “I closed the gap and then had a couple of big mistakes that almost put me on my head. I backed it off a little bit.

“Cam actually gapped me a little more than I would have wanted. I knew I could get a push there at the end. I thought that was the last lap, which is why my pass was a little more aggressive than it should have been, but I’m stoked to be able to close the gap a little bit.”

McAdoo took the final spot on the podium. This is the fourth time in 2023 these three riders have shared the box and if not for a sixth-place finish in Anaheim 2, he would be mounting a much more formidable challenge for the points’ lead.

“The track was really demanding tonight,” McAdoo said. “It did change a lot and the key thing was to get off the rhythms every time. We were swapping back and forth.”

Enzo Lopes in fourth and Max Vohland rounded out the top five.

Robertson had the early lead but when he lost the top spot to Jett he cross rutted on the next lap, crashed hard and failed to finish.

2023 Race Recaps

Detroit: Chase Sexton inherits win after Aaron Plessinger falls
Indianapolis: Ken Roczen gets first win in more than a year
Daytona: Eli Tomac extends Daytona record with seventh win
Arlington: Cooper Webb wins for second time, closes to two of Tomac
Oakland: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael with 48 wins
Tampa: Webb gets first 2023 win
Houston: Tomac bounces back from A2 crash to win third race of 2023
Anaheim 2: Triple Crown produces new winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins opener for the first time

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