Chicanes at Daytona International Speedway, Le Mans renamed symbol of unity; The Le Mans chicane debuts this weekend during Rolex 24 at DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2022) – The world’s two greatest endurance sports car races – the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – are now even more closely aligned on the news than the chicanes on the Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course. International Speedway and the 8.49 mile Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, France will be named one after the other.
In Daytona, what has become known over the years as the “Bus Stop” chicane on Daytona’s backstretch will now be known as “The LE MANS Chicane”. At Le Mans, the first chicane on the Mulsanne high-speed straight will be called “The DAYTONA chicane”. The borders of these sections on each track are painted in an alternating pattern of blue and yellow as a symbol of unity between venues, events and sanctioning bodies.
The idea for the reciprocal names was born out of discussions between NASCAR and IMSA President Jim France and ACO President Pierre Fillon during the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans last August. The LE MANS chicane at Daytona has already been painted blue and yellow and will be on full display throughout the 60th anniversary weekend of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“The spirit of partnership between IMSA and the Daytona International Speedway team at Daytona Beach and the ACO at Le Mans has never been stronger,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Between the historic convergence for the premier class of prototype racing, the recent 10-year extension of the IMSA-ACO partnership and today’s introduction of the LE MANS and DAYTONA chicanes, we are entering an incredible new era of racing together. sports car endurance unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
This weekend’s two-hour, 24-hour battle will feature a field of 61 cars split across five classes. It starts Saturday at 1:40 p.m. ET. Vouchers are always available for the week’s activities and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
“Daytona International Speedway and Le Mans are two of the most iconic historic sites in all of motorsports and have hosted the world’s greatest sports car races, over 24 hours,” said Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “On behalf of the France family, we are proud to present this incredible unification where IMSA, Daytona International Speedway, ACO and Le Mans will showcase the most competitive endurance racing of the future.”
“In the two years since our agreement to create a common class on both sides of the Atlantic, we have made many historic announcements, such as the convergence between LMH and LMDh and the renewal of our strategic alliance for the next decade,” said Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). “This symbolic act illustrates the friendship between the ACO and IMSA which is essential for the future of endurance racing.”
The LE MANS Chicane will be a major sailing factor for drivers during the Rolex 24 and fans can always be part of the action with a host of ticket options below. They include:
4-day adult tickets at the gate: $125 (infield/outdoor/garage access); FREE for children 12 and under
Adult tickets Saturday-Sunday at the door: $75 (infield/front line/garage access); FREE for children 12 and under
Adult tickets Saturday-Sunday at the gate: $50 (access to infield, front stretch): children 12 and under FREE
Saturday-Sunday adult tickets at the door: $50 (non-reserved front seats): children 12 and under FREE
Friday adult tickets at the door: $30 (non-reserved front seats): children 12 and under FREE
Sunday adult tickets at the door: $35 (non-reserved front seats): children 12 and under FREE
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, plus the all-new NASCAR Tracks app, for the latest speedway news.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and received SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is home to the Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Although the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening event attracts the most attention – as well as the biggest audience in motorsport – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the name of World Center of Racing, offers the most diverse racing calendar in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the grounds of the Speedway are also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, vehicle test drives, production and training of police motorcycles.
The iconic venue will be the site of a host of motorsport events in early 2022, starting with the AHRMA Classic Motofest and Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64and DAYTONA 500, which will launch the first points race for NASCAR’s “Next Gen” car as part of Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth in February. The rich tradition 81st Annual DAYTONA Bike Week returns in March, with DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, and in May with the Heroes Honor Festival. Later in the summer, during Independence Day weekend, the track, in association with Torneos, will host Soccer Fest before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27.
The Automobile Club of the West
Founded in 1906, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) organized the first Grand Prix in 1906 and introduced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923. A fervent defender of endurance racing, the ACO contributed to the organization and promoting the FIA World Endurance Championship and launched the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the United States, the European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series. In addition to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ACO circuits host the 24 Hours Motorcycles, the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, the 24 Hours Karting and the 24 Hours Trucks. ).
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a test bed for automotive technological innovations, the ACO’s main axis of development. The ACO’s commitment to sustainable mobility is materialized today by the MissionH24 project to introduce a hydrogen class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The ACO defends the interests of motorists on a daily basis and is happy to offer an excellent welcome to members during motor sports events organized by the club.
Driving being an important element of safety and driving pleasure, the club has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, as well as a karting complex with simulators and a track to international standards. The club’s trackside facilities are a sought-after event venue, often associated with multilingual tours of the circuit. Merchandise and tickets are on sale at points of sale in Le Mans, Tours, Rouen and Paris.