Le Mans team scouting driver lineup via reality TV show
Race to 24 is the name of the television program that will be shown in 12 episodes starting March 26, first online before airing on TV as the field is whittled down towards the final stages of selection. The candidates will be put through mental and physical challenges before hitting the track.
Over 100 prospects applied for their chance to compete on the show, but only 24 will get onto the show. Among those selected are American drivers Brandon Newey (from Indianapolis, currently competing in the Pro Mazda Championship), Conor Daly (also from Indiana, currently in GP2), Jonathan Summerton (of Florida, recently in Indy Lights) and a variety of other up-and-comers from around the world. A "prominent NASCAR driver" was also said to be in the running until he had to withdraw due to schedule conflicts.
Serving as judges will be team principal Benoit Morand (himself a former F3 driver), former F1 driver Christian Klien (who drives for the team on a permanent basis) and one rotating guest expert for each round.
The winner of the reality show will drive the Morgan LMP2 prototype powered by a SARD-badged Judd/BMW V8 fielded by the Morand Team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the subsequent rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
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