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Mercedes-Benz Named The Official Pace Car Of The 2017 Motul Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2017) - Mercedes-Benz USA, headquartered just north of downtown Atlanta, has partnered with Road Atlanta as the new Official Pace Car and Safety Car of the 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans, as track officials announced today.

Mercedes-Benz USA joins the Road Atlanta family of partners just in time for the 20th anniversary of the famed endurance race, which runs October 4-7. As the new Official Pace Car and Safety Car of Motul Petit Le Mans, a Mercedes AMG GTR in AMG Green Hell Magno will start and pace the field of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors throughout the 10-hour season finale. This AMG is one of only a handful of production GTRs in North America, so fans will have the opportunity to glimpse an even more rare occurrence with this machine taking to the race track.

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Don Panoz To Serve As Grand Marshal For 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans

Motul Petit Le Mans comes full circle on October 7, as the founder of the race, Don Panoz, will give the start command at the 20th anniversary as drivers begin the 10-hour battle for the top step of the podium.

Panoz, a successful entrepreneur who is most widely known in the pharmaceutical field for patenting the time-release technology used in nicotine patches, bought Road Atlanta in 1996. He made major upgrades to the facility in preparation to host the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998. Panoz had the vision to bring top-level European-style endurance racing to North America, so he created Petit Le Mans as a sister event to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans in La Sarthe, France. Don Panoz, in addition to owning Road Atlanta and founding Petit Le Mans, also founded the American Le Mans Series, now the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which will be running at this year’s 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans.

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Motul Petit Le Mans Field Expands to Include Team Penske Prototype for Montoya, Castroneves, Pagenaud

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One day after the official entry list was unveiled for the 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, an additional entry came in and it’s a big one.

Team Penske is bringing an ORECA LM P2 machine for a trio of IndyCar superstars: Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud. Between the three of them, they own five Indianapolis 500 victories and two IndyCar championships.

The Motul Petit Le Mans will provide a “sneak preview” of sorts for Team Penske, as the team re-enters full-time sports car competition with a two-car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program with a pair of new Acura DPi race cars next season.

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  • HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Cancelled +

    Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta - Preliminary Plans Call for 43rd Running of HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to Shift to April 2021 - 2020 Read More
  • Event Postponement +

    Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Following guidance from the federal and state governments, including specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following Read More
  • ACO and IMSA Forge Future of Endurance Racing +

    Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and North America’s sanctioning body for endurance racing, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Read More
  • No. 31 Whelen Cadillac Wins Motul Petit Le Mans While No. 6 Acura Team Penske Hangs On For DPi Championship +

    Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi did everything it could in an attempt to repeat as Daytona Prototype Read More
  • Risi Ferrari Returns To Motul Petit Le Mans With Trio Of 2019 Le Mans-Winning Drivers +

    Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta A longtime IMSA fan favorite is returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans Read More
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