Toyota Exec Initially Disappointed in Hendrick’s Le Mans Entry, Hopeful for More Transparency

SEBRING, FLORIDA - MARCH 17: Chevrolet Performance and Motorsports vice president Jim Campbell (L) speaks as Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick  to the media during the NASCAR, IMSA, and Hendrick Motorsports press conference for the Garage 56 entry at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans announcement at Sebring International Raceway on March 17, 2022 in Sebring, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) | Getty Images


SEBRING, FLORIDA – MARCH 17: Chevrolet Performance and Motorsports vice president Jim Campbell (L) speaks as Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick to the media during the NASCAR, IMSA, and Hendrick Motorsports press conference for the Garage 56 entry at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans announcement at Sebring International Raceway on March 17, 2022 in Sebring, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

In March, NASCAR announced it planned to take its new Next Gen stock car, which debuted in the Cup Series this season, to the Le Mans 24 Hours as a Garage 56 entry in 2023.

“I was actually at Sebring when that (announcement) happened. I had zero notice,” Toyota Racing Development president David Wilson said Tuesday. “Candidly, I was a little bit disappointed that as a stakeholder and as a partner to NASCAR that neither ourselves nor Ford were alerted to this.

“Unfortunately, they are an active competitor in the sport and they are going to take some form of a derivative of the car that we race every Sunday to Le Mans. And it’s going to require arguably hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of testing.

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See previous: The entry will be a modified version of the Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car and is a collaboration of NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet, IMSA, and Goodyear. Further details, including technical elements of the car and the team’s driver lineup, will be announced at a later date.  NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports Announce Pursuit of Garage 56 Entry at Le Mans

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