The two biggest endurance sports car races in the world – the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – are now even more closely aligned with the news that chicanes at the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course and the 8.49-mile Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans, France will be named after each other.
At Daytona, what has become known over the years as the “Bus Stop” chicane on the Daytona backstretch now will be known as “The Le Mans Chicane.”
At Le Mans, the first chicane on the high-speed Mulsanne Straight will be named “The Daytona Chicane.”
The curbs in these sections at each track are painted in an alternating blue and yellow scheme as a symbol of unity between the venues, events and sanctioning bodies.
The idea for the reciprocal names resulted from discussions between NASCAR and IMSA chairman Jim France and ACO President Pierre Fillon during the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans last August.
The Le Mans Chicane at Daytona already has been painted blue and yellow and will be on full display throughout this weekend’s 60th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opener for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“The spirit of partnership between the IMSA and Daytona International Speedway team in Daytona Beach and the ACO in Le Mans has never been stronger,” said IMSA President John Doonan.
“Between the historic convergence for the top category of prototype racing, the recent 10-year extension of the IMSA-ACO partnership and today’s introduction of the Le Mans and Daytona chicanes, together we are embarking on an amazing new era of sports car endurance racing unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”