The Petit Le Mans (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.
PORSCHE IS RICH WITH HISTORY AT ROAD ATLANTA
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 -
While other manufacturers lay claim to a philosophy of motorsport competition, only one was created in the crucible of the sport's most daunting motorsports events from Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona to Monaco, Monte Carlo and Paris-Dakar. Since the first Type 356 Cabrio, Porsche No. 1, rolled out of the Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche's early headquarters in Austria and on its way to victory, Porsche has been making headlines in newspapers, on radio broadcasts and televisi
UNITED SPORTSCAR CONFIRMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH ACO AND LE MANS
Saturday, March 16, 2013 -
Agreement Allows For Selected Competitors To Have Entries In 24 Hours of Le Mans; Use Of Petit Le Mans As Road Atlanta Race Name.
The link between Le Mans and professional sports car racing in North America lives on into the future. Officials from United SportsCar Racing - a result of unifying the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron and GRAND-AM Road Racing - today signed agreements with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) that will keep the Le
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UNITED SPORTSCAR RACING TO DEBUT IN 2014
Thursday, March 14, 2013 -
With uniqueness and modernity at the forefront, the new United SportsCar Racing platform was revealed (#TheReveal) today at Sebring International Raceway, resulting from the merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
United SportsCar Racing will debut in 2014 with the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"The new name says it all," said GRAND-AM President and CEO Ed Bennett. "In only six
EXTREME! ESM, TEQUILA PATRÓN MOVE TO ALMS P2
Friday, February 15, 2013 -
Tequila Patrón and Scott Sharp return to their sports car racing roots in the P2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón for the 2013 season.
Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) and Tequila Patrón will field two Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototypes in a full-season championship run. The ALMS season starts with the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida next month.