The centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will have 62 cars on the starting grid.
It’s been a hundred years since the very first edition of the race will be celebrated in all sorts of ways, on June 10-11 2023.
The entry list has just been revealed, one of the most interesting things is the total number of 16 Hypercar entries. That number will be reached with a combination of LMH and LMDh cars.
Porsche will be represented with four cars, while Caddilac has three. Toyota Gazoo Racing, Ferrari AF Corse, Peugeot TotalEnergies, and Glickenhaus will have two each. And there will be a single Floyd Vanwall Racing Team entry, with their brand new LMH.
In addition to the usual FIA WEC cars, there will be an extra car from Cadillac Racing, Action Express Racing and Glickenhaus.
Proton Competition won’t get their brand new Porsche 963 in time, so they won’t race this year in Hypercar.
There are 24 entries in LMP2.
There are two cars from United Autosports, Prema Racing, Inter Europol Competition, Alpine Elf Team, COOL Racing, and Team WRT. The rest of the field will be one-car teams from Tower Motorsport, thanks to their Jim Trueman title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Vector Sport and JOTA Sport have one car each, which already competes in the FIA WEC season.
ELMS teams Algarve Pro Racing, Nielsen Racing, Duqueine Team, IDEC Sport, AF Corse and Racing Team Turkey also have one entry. And Panis Racing got an entry too, thanks to finishing second in the LMP2 category in ELMS 2022.
DKR Engineering and GRAFF Racing have won their spots on the grid thanks to claiming the LMP2 and LMP3 titles respectively in the recently run Asian Le Mans Series.
There is no longer a GTE Pro category in the FIA WEC, nor at the 24-hour race. So all GTE cars will be in the GTE Am category for one final time at Le Mans, before GT3 cars will be the new cars for 2024.
There is another great field of 21 cars, with Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche all being represented.
Porsche will have the most cars. Wright Motorsport, Project 1 – AO, Iron Lynx, Dempsey-Proton Racing, Iron Dames, and GR Racing have one car each, while Proton Competition will run two cars under their own name.
Aston Martin will be represented by ORT by TF, GMB Motorsport, Northwest AMR, and D’Station Racing, plus TF Sport will run two cars under their own name. They do however run all the cars, except GMB Motorsport and Northwest AMR.
Ferrari will be represented by AF Corse, Kessel Racing, Walkenhorst Motorsport and Richard Mille Racing Team. Compared to previous editions, there are remarkably few from the Italian brand.
Plenty of cars – well, that description can’t be used for Corvette Racing. They will run their single FIA WEC entry – but GM is represented in both Hypercar and Garage 56.
That entry will be run this year by Hendrick Motorsports, with their Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which will be piloted by Jimmie Johnson, Jenson Button, and Mike Rockenfeller. The trio has already tested a lot in the USA, to find potential issues with the modified NASCAR racer, which already has run a 24-hour test at Sebring International Raceway last week.
There are 10 teams on the reserve list, with three LMP2 cars and seven GTE Am cars.
The full entry list with all 62 names and all the confirmed drivers can be found here.