Le Mans 2023 Tickets Are Sold Out
This year's 24 Hour of Le Mans will be one for the ages. It marks the 100th anniversary of the first race and it will see one of the biggest top-level prototype grids in decades, with Toyota, Peugeot, Ferrari, Porsche, Cadillac, Glickenhaus, and Vanwall all battling for top honors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of people want to see it. Speaking to Dailysportscar.com, ACO president Pierre Fillion said tickets for the race are sold out.
Fillion said he expects Le Mans to host 300,000 spectators this year. "We have, as many know, sold out of tickets for Le Mans," Fillion said. "I know there are many who are disappointed to not have a ticket but we really are at the maximum we can accommodate and I am sorry we cannot accommodate everyone that wants to come."
Fillon's remarks came during the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona weekend, which saw record attendance thanks to fans eager to see the debut of new LMDh prototypes of Acura, BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche. Attendance numbers have not been released, though the size of the crowds as seen on the ground and on the TV broadcast give us no reason to doubt the record was broken.
Beyond all the new and returning prototype machinery set to contest the Hypercar class, NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports is expected to use the experimental Garage 56 entry to run a Cup Series stock car. Technically the team hasn't been invited yet, but that's just a formality at this point. Its driver lineup will include NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, F1 champ Jenson Button, and Le Mans vet Mike Rockenfeller.
Add in a grid full of lower-class prototypes and GTE cars—in their last Le Mans appearance before being replace by GT3s—and you have the recipe for a thoroughly exciting race. And if you didn't get tickets for this year, next year's Le Mans will be great too, with new Hypercar entries from Alpine, BMW, and Lamborghini.
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