Four-time NBA champion LeBron James has been named the official starter of this weekend’s centenary running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
James, who has won NBA titles with the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, and holds the all-time NBA scoring record, will lower the French flag, signalling the start of the race at 16:00 on Saturday (June 12th).
“There’s nothing like seeing and experiencing sports at their highest level,” James said. “It’s an honor for me to be part of this historic moment in motorsport and help celebrate the Centenary of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
“I look forward to kicking off this iconic race and watching its world-class drivers compete on Le Mans’ global stage.”
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, says he was delighted that James accepted the invitation to take part in the event.
“I am thrilled to welcome LeBron James to the 24 Hours of Le Mans centenary and thank him most sincerely for accepting our invitation,” said Fillon.
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a world-renowned event that, in the past, has welcomed some great names from various fields. LeBron James is a true sporting legend whose list of achievements and records commands respect and admiration. We are looking forward to introducing him to the unique Le Mans atmosphere and the excitement generated by the centenary of the world’s greatest endurance race.”