LeBron hits Le Mans! NBA icon James officially kickstarts the legendary 24-hour race in France as honorary starter
NBA legend LeBron James brought the star power to the world’s oldest active endurance racing event as he started Le Mans Saturday.
While the NBA world awaits for the Lakers superstar’s decision on his on-court future, James spent the weekend in France to watch the iconic race.
Not only did he get a prime viewing spot but James also had the privilege of being this year’s honorary starter.
The 38-year-old kicked off 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday by waving the French flag.
This year’s race marks the 100th anniversary of the event at Circuit de la Sarthe.
LeBron James kicked off 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday by waving the French flag
The NBA legend brought the star power to the world’s oldest active endurance racing event
Earlier this week NASCAR announced that it would bring in the worldwide basketball sensation to ring in the milestone anniversary of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.
James it was an honor to have been selected to be the starter for the milestone race.
‘There’s nothing like seeing and experiencing sports at their highest level,’ James said of participating in this year’s race.
‘It’s an honor for me to be part of this historic moment in motorsports 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.’
Being a starter is an honor bestowed on prestigious figures, with the four-time NBA champion joining celebrity-filled ranks that include actor Steve McQueen (1971), French president George Pompidou (1972) and Oscar-winning actor-producer Brad Pitt (2016).
Many other sporting stars have also been welcomed into the role, including 22-time grand slam-winning tennis star Rafael Nadal (2018) and Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso (2014).
More to follow.