The NASCAR Garage 56 Project will see a race-prepared Next Gen Chevy Camaro ZL1 take the green flag in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time – and now, the race car has completed its testing phase ahead of its endurance racing debut.
The Garage 56 Camaro wears the No. 24 on its doors appropriately, and features a star-studded lineup of drivers ready to take the wheel at Le Mans. All four drivers – including NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, F1 legend Jensen Button, Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller and IMSA veteran Jordan Taylor – participated in the Camaro’s final test at Sebring. The test served to iron out any remaining bugs and issues ahead of Le Mans, as well as to practice pit stops and driver changes.
“I feel really good about it,” Johnson said in a statement. “We’ve put in many hours, a lot of work, a lot of collaboration and I feel like we’re in a really good spot. This has been a great test this week, really just working on the small details literally down to things like what color are the buttons on the steering wheel and is the black light inside the car bright enough in the right areas that we can see the dayglow buttons to push at the right time.”
The Garage 56 Camaro is fielded by Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), and team owner Rick Hendrick made the trek to Florida to oversee the Sebring run.
“Now we’ve got to go do it,” Hendrick said. “There’s a tremendous amount of pride in this from our organization, Goodyear, Chevrolet, NASCAR, IMSA. You don’t have to talk to [NASCAR CEO] Jim France very long to know what this means to him. And I was honored he asked us to do this.”
The 2023 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled on June 10th through 11th.