LE MANS, France — Rafael Nadal will get the 24 Hours Le Mans classic endurance race underway.

Organizers of the race say the 16-time Grand Slam champion will be sending cars out on June 16.

Nadal follows Formula One boss Chase Carey, who last year waved the starting flag. Actors Alain Delon and Brad Pitt are among others to have held the role at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Fernando Alonso, a two-time F1 champion who was the race starter in 2014, is among the drivers competing this year.