Watch the Bloated Garage 56 NASCAR Entry DESTROY Purpose Built Supercars at Le Mans
For those who have been anywhere near automotive social media over the past couple of days, there is a good chance that they might’ve caught a whiff of the Garage 56 entry to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. It seems as if the Chevrolet Camaro constructed by Hendrick Motorsports has taken social media by storm ever since the 2023 version of the event found its way to the history books this past weekend.
So what was the big deal?
Over the years, the 24 hours of Le Mans has been known for its bite-size supercar entries. This year, though, the Hendrick Camaro certainly threw a wrench in the gears as the machine was rather bloated compared to all of the other cars on the racetrack. Fans would become incredibly excited to see how this piece of large-and-in-charge Americana would fare against some of the purpose-built supercars that typically compete at the event.
When push eventually came to shove, we would find that the Camaro actually managed to hold its own on the track, coming up with some pretty awesome overtakes as it passed a variety of cars that simply looked like they would be able to easily handle the likes of a Camaro on a road course.
As far as the results on paper, the team competing in the Garage 56 experimental class says wanted to simply finish the race. Not only did they do that but they also managed to best the entire GTE-AM field which consisted of cars like the Porsche 911 RSR-19, Ferrari 488 GTE, Aston Martin Vantage, and the Corvette C8.R which was the best in this class.
When all 24 hours were in the books, the Hendrick Motorsports Camaro piloted by the trio of Jimmie Johnson, Jenson Button, and Mike Rockenfeller piloted the car to an overall finish of 39th of 62. The car ran as high as 27th before mechanical issues forced the team to bring it into the garage area and spend over an hour replacing the transmission.
However, after getting back on track, the Camaro seemed to cruise to a much better than expected finish.