LE MANS, France – Marking its first appearance since 1976, NASCAR will compete in the 24 hours of Le Mans race in June as part of the event’s centennial celebrations, it was announced today. The race car is a collaboration between IMSA, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet, and Goodyear, with the brake system being provided by AP Racing.
The selected vehicle, a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Garage 56 entry, bears similarities to its NASCAR cup series counterpart with significant adjustments made to accommodate the unique conditions of the 24-hour race.
Coventry-based AP Racing, the exclusive brake supplier to the NASCAR Cup Series, was commissioned to design and manufacture an enhanced brake system capable of withstanding the rigorous demands of the endurance race. By modifying the Radi-CAL caliper standardly fitted to the cup cars and incorporating their expertise with Formula 1 and IMSA Carbon/Carbon brake systems, AP Racing devised a custom disc and pad combination for this specific application.
This Carbon Carbon system provides a combination of superior performance, endurance, and weight reduction, which is crucial for the Garage 56 project.
AP Racing’s managing director, David Hamblin, commented, “While the Garage 56 entry appears similar to a regular cup series car, numerous changes exist beneath the surface. We are honored to be chosen as the sole braking supplier for this esteemed Garage 56 entrant in this notable centenary year. We eagerly await witnessing our products perform on the track.”
AP Racing, with over a century of history, is renowned for supplying top-tier race teams and prestigious road car OEMs worldwide. The firm’s unparalleled experience on and off the track establishes it as the premier choice for high-performance braking solutions. This Garage 56 project further emphasizes AP Racing’s dedication to excellence in motorsport.