Simon Pagenaud will finally return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023.
The French racing driver will be driving for COOL Racing #47, which he will share with Reshad De Gerus and Vladislav Lomko.
Pagenaud has participated in the 24-hour race for times before, making his debut in 2008 for Team ORECA-Matmut in a Courage. The following three years were onboard a Peugeot 908 for Pescarolo Sport and the works team itself.
His primary focus moved on to American racing, where the has been plenty of date clashes – and when that wasn’t the case, there simply wasn’t any seat available for the French racer.
The focus on the USA did pay off, by winning the Indy 500 race in 2016, and still being active in the NTT IndyCar Series.
He is still chasing his first win in the French classic – and has actually only seen the chequered flag once, but when he did so, he did finish second – only 11 seconds from P1.
COOL Racing will be running two cars in the LMP2 category, with the other being raced by Alexandre Coigny, Nicolas Lapierre and Malthe Jakobsen.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will run on 10-11 June 2023.