“ I never dreamed I’d go to Daytona,” Rick Hendrick said during the press conference, “so to represent NASCAR [at Le Mans] is such a unique experience, the epitome of racing. To me, it’s an honor.”

From the 24 Hours of Le Mans website, here’s a little more information about the history of NASCAR at the iconic event:

Two cars from the NASCAR Winston Cup (now NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) came to La Sarthe in 1976 to salute this great time in history. The Dodge Charger of Hershel and Doug McGriff and the Ford Torino of Dick Brooks-Dick Hutcherson-Marcel Mignot revved their massive 7L V8 engines at the 24 Hours circuit. The two cars were forced to retire, but that wasn’t the point: it was about the mutual Franco-American history during the Revolutionary War and the fascination American competitors have always had with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having been regulars at the Le Mans Classic for several years now, the Charger and the Torino have not lost their powers of seduction.


It’s going to be fascinating to see stock cars heading back to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time in almost five decades.