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16-year-old Matt McMurry to set record as youngest Le Mans starter in history

May 20, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

Photo: Dyson Racing Photo: Dyson Racing

Earlier this year, legendary sports car team Dyson Racing announced Matt McMurry as its first driver of the Dyson Junior Development Program.

Tuesday, officially, the 16-year-old has been confirmed with Greaves Motorsport’s No. 41 Zytek ZS11 Nissan in the LMP2 class, alongside Dyson Racing sporting director Chris Dyson and Greaves veteran Tom Kimber-Smith for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That will make McMurry the youngest driver ever to start the race in its more than 90-year-old history. McMurry will beat the prior mark, held by Ricardo Rodriguez the last 55 years, who was 17 years and four months in the 1959 race.

McMurry finished fourth in both of the first two European Le Mans Series races this season, at Silverstone in April and Imola last weekend. The Jota Sport Zytek ZS11 Nissan took the class and overall victory.

“I’ve been working toward this specific goal for almost four years now,” McMurry said. “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.”

Said Dyson of his young rising star, “Matt has been nothing short of outstanding in his first two major international races. 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.”

The Test Day for the race is Sunday, June 1, and the race itself begins Saturday June 14, running until Sunday June 15.

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