Matt McMurry is set to become the youngest driver ever at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, with the American set to make his debut at the age of sixteen.
McMurry, who will drive the #41Greaves Zytek alongside Chris Dyson and Tom Kimber-Smith, will beat the 55-year record of Ricardo Rodriguez, who made his Le Mans debut at the age of 17 years and four months in 1959 at the wheel of the OSCA S750.
“I’ve been working toward this specific goal for almost four years now,” said McMurry, who finished fourth in both of the European Le Mans Series rounds this year with Greaves. “That was over 60 races ago, 20,000 miles of seat time, and 175,000 frequent flyer miles ago. I can’t believe it’s almost here and within reach. I feel well prepared by all the amazing mentors I’ve had every step of the way, and am ready to help Dyson and Greaves succeed in the most important sports car race in the world.”
In a short but fruitful career so far, McMurry has raced in Formula Skip Barber, Formula Mazda Durantant, USF2000, IMSA Lites, and now the ELMS as part of the Dyson Junior Development Program. He was also the youngest driver ever to graduate from the Bob Bondurant School of High Perfrormance Driving at the age of 12 back in 2010.
“Matt has been nothing short of outstanding in his first two major international races,” noted Dyson. “He has driven like a veteran and has validated our decision to take him on as a Junior Development Program driver. It is very exciting to be taking him to Le Mans, but he is ready for the challenge. It’s wonderful for Dyson Racing to play a role in helping Matt to record such a historic milestone.”