BMW will return to the highest level of sportscar endurance racing, according to a new post from BMW M CEO Markus Flasch. The company will enter the 24 Hours of Daytona in early 2023, bringing a new LMDh car into the series.
LMDh—which replaces Daytona Prototypes in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship—will also feature entrants from Porsche, Audi, and Acura. The 2023 24 Hours of Daytona will be the first race for the class, meaning BMW will be in from day one.
The company has sat out top-tier sportscar racing for decades. While customer BMWs have competed in lower classes of IMSA, manufacturer support for Daytona Prototypes was limited. Acura, Cadillac, and Mazda are the only current brands involved. BMW, for its part, exited this end of sportscar racing after the 1999 season. Its entry was the Williams-built V12 LMR, which won BMW's only overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There's no word on whether the new generation will compete across the Atlantic as well, but the regulations are designed to let LMDh cars run at Le Mans. Time for BMW to come back for its crown.
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