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At the first 24 Hours of Lemons in ‘06, most drivers were guys who’d been too slow, too cheap, or too chicken to try "real" racing before.

In other words, typical gearheads.

That included series creator Jay Lamm, a longtime auto journalist who loved the idea of racing but hated the seemingly endless costs, hassles, and bad vibes that came with getting started. So Jay created a just-for-fun endurance roadracing series that limited car values to $500 or less, let folks go wheel-to-wheel just on their street license, and pushed away the aggro fun-spoilers with rules like Lemons 2.4, one that specifically prohibits whiners.

Throughout most of Saturday’s 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the pair of Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi cars were the class of the field.

The team’s No. 22 machine shared by Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek and Bruno Senna, and the No. 2 Nissan DPi of Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp and Brendon Hartley were fixtures inside the top five for most of the race and ran either first or second for several hours. There were other challengers, to be sure, but it was readily apparent throughout the race that the Patrón cars would figure in the outcome of the race.

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.