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Risi, DragonSpeed, Heart of Racing on 10-Car Reserve List

Three American teams among LMP2, GTE-Am entries placed on Le Mans reserve list…

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American teams Risi Competizione, DragonSpeed and The Heart of Racing are among the entrants featured on a ten-car reserve list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Announced alongside the main list of 62 entries, the reserve list is for cars that are on standby to replace any withdrawals.

Texan squad Risi, which was represented in the LMP2 class in 2021, sits third on the reserve list with a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo that has Toni Vilander as its nominated driver.

The top reserve is the No. 555 Spirit of Race Ferrari driven by European Le Mans Series regulars Matt Griffin, David Perel and Duncan Cameron, while DragonSpeed’s LMP2-class Oreca 07 Gibson is second.

The DragonSpeed lineup includes two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya and his son Sebastian, reprising a partnership that raced in last year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Nielsen Racing and ARC Bratislava are the other LMP2 backups, although the former already has one of its Orecas accepted into the race.

WeatherTech Championship outfit The Heart of Racing is at the bottom of the reserve list with an Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Other GTE-Am cars on standby include a Porsche 911 RSR-19 for Team Project 1 — featuring former BMW factory driver Timo Glock — and single Ferraris for Garage 59 and Formula Racing which both recently contested the Asian Le Mans Series.

The reserve list also contains the No. 95 TF Sport Aston Martin, although the British squad has multiple cars accepted into the main field.

Reserve cars are promoted to the main field sequentially in the order of their list, regardless of the category in which the withdrawn car was entered.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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