We can scratch off one more car from the list for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Lotus T129 LMP1 car has been dropped from the entry list of the 82nd running of the historic race, with organizers citing "a lack of preparation" as the reason. On a more positive note, the list of 168 drivers in 56 vehicles has been officially published for the June 14 race.

Like the Lotus team currently in Formula One, the Lotus T129 uses the iconic British brand's name and colors but is actually built by a separate company. It previously ran a Lola chassis in the LMP2-class (pictured above). The Le Mans organizers claim the car will likely be on display during the 24-hour race, but it won't make it's competition debut until the World Endurance Championship round at the Circuit of the Americas in September. The T129 is being replaced by an Oreca 03 chassis with Nissan power in the LMP2 class, entered by Millennium Racing.

The Lotus' retirement came as the teams had to send in the names of the three drivers nominated to race each car. This year there are racers from 26 countries with the most coming from France (39), Britain (29), the US (17) and Italy (15). The latest tally of entries breaks down to 9 LMP1s, 19 LMP2s, 9 LM GTE Pros, 18 LM GTE Ams and the Nissan ZEOD RC as the experimental Garage 56 entry.

Like the Vipers earlier this year, it's always unfortunate to see a team drop out before it can turn a wheel. However, the lineup still indicates some really exciting racing, especially in the top LMP1 class with Audi, Toyota and Porsche squaring off. The entire list of drivers and cars can be viewed as a PDF, here.


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      luxury239
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why is it that people like the use the Lotus name but don't either buy the company or at least have something to do with the actual company?
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well, The C7 is going to debut.. hopefully it comes with the speed it needs, we have not seen a Corvette win since 2011. Not good. Especially since Ford GT and Vipers are not there for mutual support
      Toyotathong
      • 7 Months Ago
      Like the Lotus team currently in Formula One, the Lotus T129 uses the iconic British brand's name and colors but is actually built by a separate company. Do the British actually own any of their domestic car companies?
        JayP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Toyotathong
        I thought Bristol may be, but going up the food chain I ended up with an Indian over the parent company.
      TrippulG3
      • 7 Months Ago
      Definitely going to be rooting for Webber and the #20 Porsche...can't wait!
      jimathyrawlings
      • 7 Months Ago
      Anybody know who's broadcasting the race? If it's Fox, I hope they don't butcher it up like they did the 24 hrs of Daytona.
        StephenT
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jimathyrawlings
        It is Fox here in the US and they say it will be on a combination of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. Well I can't get Fox Sports 2 so I'll have to look for an alternative when it's on FS2.