Negri Leads Opening Practice For Petit Le Mans in No. 60 Honda Prototype

Competitors Brave Challenging Conditions At Road Atlanta

It was a good news, bad news scenario for Michael Shank Racing in Thursday’s opening preparations at Road Atlanta for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the final round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Again demonstrating the potential of the team’s No. 60 AERO Honda/Ligier JS P2, Ozz Negri had the fastest lap of the day in the dry opening session. Competitors then faced a variety of challenges during the next two sessions, with both afternoon and night practice run during the rain. The No. 60 car spun and hit the barrier on the front straight during the night practice with John Pew at the wheel, causing damage that may jeopardize its participation in the event.

Earlier in the day, Negri toured the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course in a time of 1:15.163 (121.656 mph) to lead Prototype (P) competitors. The Brazilian has led 18 sessions this season – including at least one at all nine permanent circuits on the schedule.

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Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell to Serve as Grand Marshal at Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda

Road Atlanta announced today that the newly-crowned Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell from Warner Robins, Ga., will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 18th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda on October 3rd.

Betty Cantrell rose to take the 2016 Miss America title after serving as Miss Georgia in 2015. The 21-year old is the first Miss Georgia to be crowned the Miss America title since 1953, and stands for a platform of healthy children, strong America.

Betty is thrilled with the opportunity to not only represent Miss America at Petit Le Mans, but to also add Grand Marshal of the event to her quickly-growing list of honors.

"I'm honored and thrilled to have been invited by Road Atlanta to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Petit Le Mans,” said Betty Cantrell, who stood out amongst the other Miss America contestants by singing opera. “I'm looking forward to coming back to Georgia and enjoying the race."

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Chip Ganassi Racing Adds Dixon to Petit Le Mans Lineup

REIGNING INDYCAR CHAMPION JOINS SCOTT PRUETT AND JOEY HAND IN THE NO. 01 FORD ECOBOOST RILEY FOR PETIT LE MANS AT ROAD ATLANTA

INDIANAPOLIS (September 24, 2015) – Seven-time TUDOR United SportsCar Championship champions and six-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that reigning Rolex 24 At Daytona Winner and four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon will join Scott Pruett and Joey Hand in the driver lineup of the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley Prototype for the historic Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct 3.

The recently-crowned Verizon IndyCar Series Champion has competed twice with CGRFS this season (Daytona and Sebring), where he helped the team score their first victory of the season in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and his second overall win in the event (2006).

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All Four TUDOR Championship Titles On The Line In Petit Le Mans

CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES PREVALENT HEADING INTO SEASON FINALE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2015) – All four TUDOR United SportsCar Championship class titles are up for grabs entering the 2015 season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The 10-hour endurance classic will decide the driver, team and manufacturer championships in the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes.

Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook, drivers of the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP, enter the finale leading both Action Express Racing driver pairings by six points, 279-273, in the Prototype championship race.

Defending champions Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa share the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, while Dane Cameron and Eric Curran co-drive the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP, both fielded by Action Express Racing. Also in the running are Scott Pruett and Joey Hand, who won the most recent race at Circuit of The Americas in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley, with 268 points.

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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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