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NASCAR Drivers Wallace, Nemechek, Heim Set for Michelin Pilot Challenge Opener

The Trio Will Share One of Two Smooge Racing Toyota Supras in the BMW M Endurance Challenge


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace and John Hunter Nemechek, along with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Corey Heim, will race together in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26 for Smooge Racing.


The team announced today that Wallace, Nemechek and Heim will co-drive the No. 23 Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO in the BMW M Endurance Challenge, the four-hour race on the DIS 3.56-mile road course. It will mark the series debut for Wallace and Nemechek.


Smooge Racing will also field a second Supra in the race, the No. 68, which will be driven by John Geesbreght, Kevin Conway and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship veteran Corey Lewis.


Wallace has two career NASCAR Cup Series wins and reached the round of eight in the 2023 playoffs. He will again drive a Toyota for 23XI Racing this season.


Nemechek won seven NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2023 and will be driving a Toyota for Legacy Motor Club in the Cup Series in 2024 as well as a part-time Xfinity ride with Joe Gibbs Racing. Fellow Toyota driver Heim won three Truck Series races and was the regular-season champion last season for Tricon Garage. He’s slated to return to the team this season and will drive in some Xfinity races for Sam Hunt Racing.


“We are very excited to run two GR Supra GT4 EVOs at Daytona this year,” team principal Conway said. “Having Bubba, John Hunter and Corey in the (No.) 23 car is a major honor and testament to Smooge Racing.


“I’m also looking forward to racing with John Geesbreght and Corey Lewis in the PRAX Leadership GR Supra,” Conway added. “John and I have had a lot of success together and we are looking forward to building on that at Daytona.”


The BMW M Endurance Challenge starts at 1:45 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 26 and streams live on Peacock. It comes during Rolex 24 At Daytona race week. Tickets are available at