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. This year will mark the 2nd Annual Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, which connects the races in North America, Europe and Asia.
The Petit Le Mans covers a maximum of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) (which is approximately 394 laps) or a maximum of 10 hours, whichever comes first; only once, in the rain-stopped 2009 race, has the leading team failed to complete 1,000 miles (1,600 km). In addition to the overall race, teams of two or three drivers per car compete for class victories in four different classes of cars, two for Le Mans prototypes and two for grand tourer cars. Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Petit Le Mans News
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New Corvette C7.R Livery Unveiled +MAKES COMPETITION DEBUT JAN. 25 AT THE 52ND ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA DETROIT – Chevrolet today unveiled the Corvette C7.R race car, which was co-developed with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. They represent the closest link in modern times between Corvettes built for racing and the road, sharing unprecedented levels of… Read More
IMSA App Now Available +The official mobile IMSA app will stream real-time timing & scoring for every race weekend of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge direct to your iPhone. Read More
Tune In: Rolex 24 At Daytona +FOX NETWORK TO AIR FIRST TWO HOURS OUT OF 15 TOTAL HOURS OF FOX SPORTS COVERAGE DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2014) – The 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona will make history on Jan. 25-26 as the inaugural race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and race fans can see the… Read More
Rebellion’s Jani Outmuscles Luhr For Petit Le Mans Pole +Brabham (P2), Cameron (PC) Lead Class Qualifying For ALMS Finale BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2013) – When the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón runs its final event in Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda, Neel Jani will be looking to make more history at Road Atlanta. Jani… Read More