Garage 56 Chevrolet Returns to Hendrick Motorsports, On Display at Team Museum
After making a successful trip to Europe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is now on display at the Hendrick Motorsports Museum for a limited time.
A piece of motorsports history has returned from its overseas venture and has found its home in the Hendrick Motorsports Museum in Concord, North Carolina.
Following a successful outing in the 2023 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a showcase at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is back in the United States and currently on display through Tuesday, August 8.
The Garage 56 Project was a collaboration between NASCAR, Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Goodyear, and saw a Next Gen car adapted for the rigors and trials of a 24-hour endurance race. Piloted by future NASCAR Hall of Fame member Jimmie Johnson, former Formula One champion Jenson Button, and former 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona winner Mike Rockenfeller, the Garage 56 entry finished 39th overall in this year’s running.
“It was a huge initiative to get over there,” said Chad Knaus, Vice President of Competition at Hendrick Motorsports. “It was a big tasking with everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and all of our partners with Chevrolet, Goodyear, NASCAR and IMSA to get that car over there and in a situation where it could compete.”
Prior to making its way to the museum floor, the car made its way through the Hendrick Motorsports shop where it was built, prepared and perfected before making the trip overseas. The return to the shop was the first time the car had been back on the Concord campus since leaving prior to the race, when so many unknowns remained.
“I really bonded with a lot of people on this project,” said Jessica Hook, engineer at Hendrick Motorsports and Chief of Staff for the Garage 56 Project. “I got to work with those guys again to get the car and unload it (at the shop) but I also know that is probably one of the last times we’re going to be a full team on this car and pushing this car around. It’s going off and doing its own thing. It’s bittersweet.”
The Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is now on display at the Hendrick Motorsports Museum in Concord, North Carolina. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
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