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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.

Motul Petit Le Mans comes full circle on October 7, as the founder of the race, Don Panoz, will give the start command at the 20th anniversary as drivers begin the 10-hour battle for the top step of the podium.

Panoz, a successful entrepreneur who is most widely known in the pharmaceutical field for patenting the time-release technology used in nicotine patches, bought Road Atlanta in 1996. He made major upgrades to the facility in preparation to host the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998. Panoz had the vision to bring top-level European-style endurance racing to North America, so he created Petit Le Mans as a sister event to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans in La Sarthe, France. Don Panoz, in addition to owning Road Atlanta and founding Petit Le Mans, also founded the American Le Mans Series, now the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which will be running at this year’s 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans.