Petit Le Mans - Road Atlanta

Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPI Wins Classic Motul Petit Le Mans

The world renowned Motul Petit Le Mans is a 10-hour endurance test that on Saturday was dramatically decided in the final seconds in the final three corners of the scenic 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course nestled in the rolling hills of North Georgia.

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. driven by Renger Van Der Zande, took advantage of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi running out of gas three turns from the finish line to take the victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale by 5.3-seconds over the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi.

A little further behind on track, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi benefitted from a different fuel situation – driver Felipe Nasr saving enough gas by a consistently slow and steady late race pace to finish eighth overall, one position behind the closest title contender. But that was still good enough to earn the season Prototype championship - the Action Express Racing Team’s fourth championship in the last five years.

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Fan Activities at Motul Petit Le Mans

There’s never a shortage of fun to be had at Road Atlanta, but that rings especially true during Motul Petit Le Mans week! In addition to the awe-inspiring on-track action over the course of the four-day event, the off-track festivities will keep you even busier.

The family-friendly environment at Motul Petit Le Mans begins at the gate, as kids 12 and under always enter free with a paid adult. Once inside, families can head over to the Kid’s Zone at Spectator Hill for face painting, inflatables, popcorn and snow cones and more while parents enjoy the panoramic view of the infamous esses. On Friday night, Cars will be shown at Spectator Hill and the Turn 10 complex.

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Fan Nick Calhoun To Serve As Grand Marshal at 21st Annual Motul Petit Le Mans

After much deliberation over the slew of thoughtful contest submissions, Motul Petit Le Mans fan Nick Calhoun was selected by a committee to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 21st Annual Motul Petit Le Mans.

In honor of Dr. Don Panoz, who founded Motul Petit Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series and owned Road Atlanta for over 15 years, the honor of serving as Grand Marshal was given to a fan. Dr. Panoz built the series around the mantra “For the Fans”, so it’s only fitting that on our first Motul Petit Le Mans without him, a fan gives the start command.

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BMW To Serve As Official Pace Car for 21st Annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 5, 2018) – BMW of North America, with Southern regional headquarters located due north of downtown Atlanta, has established a partnership with Road Atlanta to serve as the Official Pace Car and Safety Car of the 21st Annual Motul Petit Le Mans, Oct. 10-13.

BMW of North America is supplying a BMW M850i xDrive as the Pace Car and a BMW M5 as the Safety Car for the event, which will pace the field of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors in the season finale showdown for 10 hours on Saturday, Oct. 13. In addition, fans can explore BMW’s product line at their display in the Fan Zone throughout the four-day festival.

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Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998

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Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer
An Official Charity of Road Atlanta

Road Atlanta has been a strong supporter of the Austin Hatcher Foundation and pediatric cancer diversionary therapies. Road Atlanta has served as a host for the Annual Motul Petit Le Mans Charity Weekend, which includes the Annual Charity Motorcycle ride and weekend diversionary therapies associated with the Motul Petit Le Mans road race.

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