Vandoorne joins Peugeot WEC team as reserve driver

The announcement follows Vandoorne leaving the Mercedes Formula E outfit with which he won the 2021/22 title to join DS Penske, which is part of the same Stellantis automotive group as Peugeot.
The 30-year-old will take the place vacated by British driver James Rossiter, who announced his decision to step down from racing last year to become the team principal of Maserati MSG in …Keep reading Source

Ex-Audi boss Gass joins JOTA to lead WEC Hypercar programme

Gass, who was head of motorsport at Audi in 2017-20, will lead the British operation’s assault on the top category of the 2023 WEC as team principal of Hertz Team JOTA.
He joins the reigning LMP2 champion team from Audi where he was moved into an undisclosed role after being replaced as head of its racing activities in November 2020 by Julius Seebach.
Gass will oversee JOTA’s Hypercar …Keep reading Source

Former Audi boss Dieter Gass joins Jota to lead WEC Hypercar programme

Gass, who was head of motorsport at Audi in 2017-20, will lead the British operation’s assault on the top category of the 2023 WEC as team principal of Hertz Team Jota.
He joins the reigning LMP2 champion team from Audi where he was moved into an undisclosed role after being replaced as head of its racing activities in November 2020 by Julius Seebach.
Gass will oversee Jota’s Hypercar …Keep reading Source

Alpine announces full driver line-up for two car WEC LMP2 attack

As reported by Autosport previously, the Signatech run-Alpine team will run two rebadged Oreca 07-Gibson cars in the LMP2 class of the WEC this year, a transition season for the team before it returns to the Hypercar category in 2024 with an LMDh contender.
Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao, who raced for the team with a grandfathered LMP1 car alongside Nicolas Lapierre in 2021-22, have both …Keep reading Source

Lapierre to skip 2023 WEC season as Alpine steps down to LMP2

The 38-year-old has been a mainstay of the WEC since the series’ inception, initially as a Toyota driver in the top LMP1 class until he was dropped by the marque in mid-2014.
After a limited programme with the KCMG LMP2 team in 2015, which included his first of four Le Mans 24 Hours class wins, Lapierre joined the Signatech-run Alpine LMP2 outfit in 2016 and took that year’s WEC class title …Keep reading Source

Kubica, Deletraz switch to WRT for 2023 WEC season

Kubica and Deletraz both make the move across from the Prema squad, joining WRT’s previously-announced silver-rated driver Rui Andrade at the wheel of the Belgian team’s #41 Oreca 07-Gibson.
Sean Gelael is so far the only driver named for the #31 WRT entry.
Kubica contested his first full season in sportscar racing for WRT in 2021 in the European Le Mans Series, winning that year’s title …Keep reading Source

NASCAR’s Garage 56 Le Mans team “has a lot of work to do” after Button test debut

As part of a joint effort between NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Automobile Club de l’Ouest, IMSA and Goodyear, the modified Next-Gen-based Camaro ZL1 will take part in this year’s centenary Le Mans 24 event.
Last week, 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button was announced as one of the drivers of the Garage 56 entry alongside NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson and sportscar ace Mike …Keep reading Source

NASCAR Garage 56 reveals Le Mans headlights setup in Daytona

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 shared the track with the 2024 Corvette Z06 GT3.R, which will race in IMSA competition next season, and used its evening running to test out its new headlights.
As well as having lights in the usual position, which are stickers on regular NASCAR machinery, a lower second bank of light pods was nestled into its front fender just above the splitter. Ahead of the test, project …Keep reading Source

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Grosjean hopes to race Le Mans in 2024 if IndyCar schedule allows

Last December, the Andretti Autosport-Honda IndyCar driver was confirmed as part of Lamborghini’s roster of drivers destined to help develop the marque’s LMDh prototype and then race it in 2024. As part of that deal, Grosjean is racing a Lamborghini Huracan GTD Pro car run by the works Iron Lynx team at IMSA endurance events this year.
In his debut for the team at last week’s Rolex 24 …Keep reading Source

Button joins NASCAR legend Johnson and Rockenfeller in star Le Mans team

““The line-up is everything we could have dreamed of,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Jim France, as he welcomed the arrival of former F1 world champion Jenson Button, NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson and former champion Mike Rockenfeller into the series\u0027 special Le Mans roster. Stream the 24 Hours of Le Mans live and on-demand on discovery+ and eurosport.co.uk”Source