Audi To Serve As Official Pace Car and Safety Car for The 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 28, 2016) - The Audi R8 V10 plus will be the new Official Pace Car for the 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, which runs September 28th through October 1st.

The 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort serves as the season finale for both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup and features four different classes of competition racing for the overall win, as well as class victories.

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Guest Stars Join IMSA WeatherTech Championship Regulars For 2016 Season-Ending Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta

Preparing for a 10-hour season-ending race at challenging Road Atlanta, many of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have added third drivers to their lineups for the Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on Saturday, Oct. 1.

IMSA today released a 41-car entry list, with the championships in the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes set to be decided at the 12th and final round of the season. The event also will crown the winners of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a competition among the endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

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Newly-Crowned IndyCar Champion Simon Pagenaud to Compete at Petit Le Mans

Simon Pagenaud, who has quite the history at Road Atlanta, was recently crowned IndyCar champion after a thrilling victory in the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma Raceway. Having spent many of his formative years as a race car driver in the American Le Mans Series and having turned many laps at Road Atlanta during those years, Pagenaud returns to the track for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale.

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Christina Nielsen Poised to Take GTD Title

With a 32-point lead over second place heading into the final race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Christina Nielsen and her No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 team are looking to make history at this year's Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.

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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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