The Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda (French for little Le Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, USA. It uses the rules established for the 24 hours of Le Mans by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), which are slightly modified if necessary, mainly to allow additional cars to compete.
The race was founded by Road Atlanta owner Don Panoz and first run on October 10, 1998 as part of the IMSA season. The 1999 edition was one of the original events of the American Le Mans Series.
In 2014 it all came down to a ten-hour showdown at Road Atlanta! The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup season finale at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda was one of the most exciting weekends in history. Over 50 entries in four different classes of competition took the green flag on Saturday, Oct. 4, for a ten-hour battle into the night. Not all entries made it through the grueling 10-hour endurance battle, but the checkered flag fell on overall winners Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli of Wayne Taylor Racing.
The Prototype class included LMP2 entries and Daytona Prototypes such as the Ford Riley and the Corvette DP, as well as the DeltaWing and Mazda Prototype. Two GT classes will included Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Aston Martin, and SRT Viper teams. The Prototype Challenge class rounded out a very competitive series that made this year’s Petit Le Mans a true classic.
Petit Le Mans News
Action Express Gives Chevrolet First Sebring Victory In 50 Years +Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chevrolet’s lone triumph in the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais teamed in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Mustang Sampling Corvette DP to make new history for the Bow Tie Brigade. Read More
Corvette Racing Wins Sebring, Sweeps Florida Patrón Endurance Cup Classics +Porsche’s misfortune was Corvette Racing’s gain Saturday night as a pair of mechanical issues in the final hour of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida propelled the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R to the GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory for the second consecutive… Read More
Rain Slows Final Day of Roar Before The Rolex 24 Testing +JORDAN TAYLOR FASTEST OF WEEKEND, BARRICHELLO QUICKEST IN WET Starworks Motorsport waited until the closing minutes of Sunday’s final Roar Before the Rolex 24 weekend at Daytona International Speedway to make a headline. With the track nearly dry following scattered showers throughout the day, the team bolted a set of… Read More
Rick Humphrey Joins IMSA
As Vice President Of Properties +Veteran Motorsports Executive To Oversee Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Hotel DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2014) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced the addition of veteran motorsports executive Rick Humphrey, who has joined the organization in the newly created position of Vice President, IMSA Properties. Read More
Jordan, Ricky Taylor Become First Americans To Win Overall In 17th Petit Le Mans +FITTIPALDI, BARBOSA TAKE TUDOR CHAMPIONSHIP, PATRÓN ENDURANCE CUP TITLES Sixteen years after winning the inaugural Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, Wayne Taylor brought his boys and a long-time friend to victory lane in the 10-hour TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season finale at Road Atlanta. Ricky and Jordan Taylor co-drove… Read More