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.

Mercedes-AMG, which is the performance division of Mercedes-Benz, made its United States competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this year and has been competing in the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

“As the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship draws to a close, we’re thrilled to be racing for a championship at Petit Le Mans,” said Monique Harrison, department manager of Brand Experience Marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA. “With our Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters located in Atlanta, this race is practically in our backyard, and provides us with a great opportunity to offer a world-class race-viewing experience for our customers, dealers and employees.”

Heading into the ultimate race of the WeatherTech Championship season, Mercedes sits just nine points behind Ferrari, who is the current leader in the manufacturer’s championship points standing. Two AMG GT3s will be competing in the GT Daytona class to bring top honors home: the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. Mercedes is also currently leading the points race for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC), which is a race within a race. The TPNAEC is comprised of all four of the IMSA endurance events throughout the season – Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans – and a winner is selected by totaling leading positions after each segment within the four enduros.

“Mercedes-Benz is an iconic brand with a storied legacy that now calls Atlanta their corporate home,” said Geoff Lee, president and general manager of Road Atlanta. “We are proud to welcome them to the track, which will provide the perfect backdrop to showcase their impressive new vehicles to their home crowd.”

The 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans four-day festival of speed kicks off on Wednesday, October 4 and culminates with the 10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale on Saturday, October 7.

Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998
  • Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

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