Porsche will field 10 Porsche 911 RSRs in this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and North America will play heavily in that mix. Four of the ten have direct connections to teams and drivers based in the United States. The overall tally includes four factory cars in the LMGTE-Pro class and six in the LMGTE-Am class for the June 16 – 17 event.
The US-based IMSA teams are well represented on the Le Mans entry list, which was made public on February 9. In the Pro category, for the first time, will be two all-Porsche factory drivers in cars fielded under the Porsche GT Team banner by CORE autosport. The cars will be numbered 93 and 94. CORE, with Team Manager Michael Harvey, heads the official works team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTLM class.
In the Pro-Am style GTE-AM class at Le Mans, North America’s only Porsche factory driver, Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) returns to his leadership role behind the wheel of the No. 99 Proton Competition 911 RSR. Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara California) will contest for the first time at Le Mans in the No. 56 Team Project 1 911 RSR with longtime IMSA teammate and Porsche factory driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany). The pair will also race the full WEC “Super Season” schedule.
Beyond the Porsche teams and drivers familiar to fans in North America are six other Porsche entries across the two classes. The second two factory cars in the GTE-Pro class are the “works” cars, Nos. 91 and 92 that regularly contest the FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship (WEC). The remaining six cars will be the first time customer teams will compete with the newest 911 RSR at the grandfather of all endurance races.
The remaining Porsche customer teams in GTE-AM include two Dempsey-Proton Racing entries (Nos. 77 and 88), the No. 80 Ebimotors car and Gulf Racing returns with the No. 86.