Guest Stars Join IMSA WeatherTech Championship Regulars For 2016 Season-Ending Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta

Preparing for a 10-hour season-ending race at challenging Road Atlanta, many of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have added third drivers to their lineups for the Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on Saturday, Oct. 1.

IMSA today released a 41-car entry list, with the championships in the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes set to be decided at the 12th and final round of the season. The event also will crown the winners of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a competition among the endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

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Newly-Crowned IndyCar Champion Simon Pagenaud to Compete at Petit Le Mans

Simon Pagenaud, who has quite the history at Road Atlanta, was recently crowned IndyCar champion after a thrilling victory in the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma Raceway. Having spent many of his formative years as a race car driver in the American Le Mans Series and having turned many laps at Road Atlanta during those years, Pagenaud returns to the track for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale.

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Christina Nielsen Poised to Take GTD Title

With a 32-point lead over second place heading into the final race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Christina Nielsen and her No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 team are looking to make history at this year's Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Joins Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans as Presenting Sponsor

Road Atlanta and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort have partnered for the 2016 edition of the world-renowned Petit Le Mans sportscar endurance race, as Harrah’s joins the event as the new presenting sponsor.

The 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is a four-day motorsports festival, running September 28th through October 1st, at the historic Road Atlanta road course in north Georgia. First-class teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will compete for top honors in the 10-hour endurance classic, which features four different classes of some of the most high-tech race cars in the world.

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Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998
  • Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

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