After it’s over 55-year drought for Roger Penske at the Rolex 24 at DaytonaPorsche Penske Motorsport will have three shots to give the team owner his first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For the second year in a row, there will be three 963s fielded by Porsche Penske Motorsport in the ultra-endurance race June 15-16. ACO, organizer of Le Mans, released Monday’s entry list with 23 vehicles in the main category of hybrid model – from 15 last year.
“The history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has shown time and time again how important an extra iron in the fire can be,” Urs Kuratle, Porsche’s director of the LMDh car factory said in a statement. “Last year, it was our third car that was able to lead the group in that race. After our victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona last month, our goal is very clear: We want to be at the top of the podium at the classic Le Mans.
Porsche Penske Motorsport has won two all-time entries in the World Endurance Championship, which features Le Mans as its crown jewel race. The team has announced its drivers for the entries with Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki in the No. 5 and Kevin Estre, André Lotterer and Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 6.
The No. 4 three-driver line-up will include Mathieu Jaminet and two drivers to be named later.
Those drivers would likely come from the Porsche Penske Motorsport GTP squad in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Campbell, Felipe Nasr, Dane Cameron and Josef Newgarden combined to win the Rolex 24. The second Porsche Penske Motorsport entry finished fourth in the Rolex 24 with Nick Tandy, Jaminet, Estre and Vanthoor.
The Hypercar category for the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans will also feature new model entries from Alpine, BMW, Lamborghini and Isotta Fraschini.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizer, ACO, for once again giving us the opportunity to enter a third car,” said Thomas Laudenbach, vice president of Porsche Motorsport. “The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be an amazing car show from a total of 14 manufacturers in the Hypercar and LMGT3 classes. We expect a close and exciting battle ahead. Therefore, it is all the more important that we increase our chances of overall victory 20 by entering the third Porsche 963.
Cadillac Racing, which also competes in IMSA’s top division, will have three entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.