Race Runs Rain Or Shine
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
Porsche Shocks The Field With Petit Le Mans Overall Victory +Pilet Earns Driver Title, Clinches GTLM Manufacturer Title From winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans overall in a prototype to winning the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda overall in a GT Le Mans (GTLM) car, something about “Le Mans” style endurance races suits Porsche North America driver Nick… Read More
Earl Bamber Wins Petit Le Mans GTLM Pole At Road Atlanta +To say today’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying session was unusual would be an understatement. The 15-minute session for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta saw multiple on-track incidents, penalties and failed post-session inspections. While Earl Bamber posted the fastest time of the qualifying session, he… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More