Last Thursday NASCAR and Hendrick announced a joint partnership modified NASCAR Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 car into the field for the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time since 1976.
However, despite the fact it was only Hendrick Motorsports drivers that was invited to take park in this program, was not acceptable with some, which includes Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin who’s now a team owner himself tweeted following the announcement by NASCAR last week: “Not sure @23XIRacing or @ToyotaRacing were invited to this party.”
In the latest episode of Door Bumper Clear podcast the question was asked “Do you think this makes NASCAR look like they are playing favorites?
Bubba Wallace 23XIRacing spotter Freddie Kraft said there more between the two (NASCAR/HMS) than what was being made public.
“I did initially get that impression,” Kraft said. “I think that’s what Denny (Hamlin) is insinuating here, obviously, that there’s some kind of collusion between NASCAR and Hendrick.”
Maybe it should’ve been one car per manufacturer. That would’ve probably been a little more fair.”
According to the official announcement, the entry will be the special “Garage 56 entry”. Garage 56, was introduced in 2012, is a special single-entry class, which is reserved for innovative cars.