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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Garage 56
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How NASCAR is aiming to thrill on its Le Mans return

After almost half a century since US stock cars raced at Le Mans, this year’s Garage 56 entry is certain to be just as much of a crowd-pleaser as crack NASCAR squad Hendrick Motorsport fields a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for an all-star driver lineup

“It’s going to put a smile on people’s faces.”

That’s how Jenson Button sums up the machine in which he is making his second Le Mans 24 Hours start. It’s something out of the ordinary, a car that tips its hat to the past and perhaps also the future. It’s a NASCAR Cup racer to all intents and purposes and it fills the Garage 56 slot reserved on the grid for an experimental racer, the so-called Innovative Car.

The truth is that the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 isn’t really very innovative, nor is the idea of bringing a NASCAR to Le Mans new. But the history of the US stock car series at the French enduro underpins the thinking behind this year’s campaign with an all-star line-up comprising Formula 1 world champion Button, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 2010 Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller.

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