Fan Activities Galore in Store for
20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, Ga. (August 24, 2017) – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the famed Motul Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta will offer a multitude of new fan activities at this year’s event to support the wheel-to-wheel racing action on track, October 4 - 7.

Since the very first Petit Le Mans in 1998, Road Atlanta has been an international stage for one of the most iconic sportscar races in history. Owing its heritage to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in La Sarthe, France, Motul Petit Le Mans will celebrate 20 years of the event in style for the season finale of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

Guests can expect to see some of the biggest additions in the vendor and display area, which has been re-named the “Fan Zone” beginning this year. Here, fans can shop for various pieces of racing memorabilia and art, dine and drink, peruse manufacturer displays and much more. Also new for this year, the Fan Zone will be freshly paved and the overall footprint will be enlarged.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Motul Petit Le Mans and in paying homage to the race’s roots at Le Mans, a 90-foot tall Ferris Wheel will be erected within the Fan Zone so that guests can take in the views of the race track. Families can enjoy the full-size gondolas on the way up to the very top, which will showcase a good portion of the track and will light up at night.

In addition to the spectacular new interactive displays in the Fan Zone, Zac Brown’s Southern Ground will be hosting a free tailgate for all general admission ticket holders, which will include a four-day party in the Fan Zone. The famous “Cookie” party zone will be set up starting Wednesday of race week with yard games, live entertainment, music, inspired food choices, merchandise and a low-country boil to kick off the event. The Wednesday night low-country boil will be open to all fans and is an all-you-can-eat buffet for just $15.00 in advance. The Southern Ground tailgate will keep rocking all week and host live entertainment on Friday evening after the day’s on-track activities wrap.

Fans interested in the history of Petit Le Mans will be in for a special treat this year, as they can see race cars from the past on exhibit in the 20th Anniversary Celebration Tent in the Fan Zone. This extravagant tent will feature a number of past race-winning cars or ones with an interesting Petit Le Mans story, as well as memorabilia and the story of each of the 19 Petit Le Mans. Fans can also catch a series Q&A session and watch a highlight reel of the last two decades of this event.

On Friday evening after the band at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground plays their last notes, fans can catch one of the most iconic racing movies of all time, Le Mans, playing on the big screens at Spectator Hill and the Turn 10 terrace seating. Free snacks will be available to all guests.

Not to mention, the 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans will also offer all the fan-favorite activities that guests have come to expect from Road Atlanta, as well as a new lineup of prototype cars making their Road Atlanta debut. Thursday night practice will inspire a sense of awe for first-timers and Petit Le Mans veterans alike, as cars will literally be catching their headlights to practice for the pace for Saturday’s race. The paddock is always open to all ticket holders, and fans can expect to get up close and personal with the stars and cars of the race. A Kid’s Zone will once again be set up on Spectator Hill for families, and the pre-race open grid walk will allow fans to get on the actual racing surface just before the start of the race to wish their favorite teams luck. To make this event an even better family outing, kids 12 and under always enter for free with a paid adult admission.

In addition to the Motul Petit Le Mans, which features the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, fans can also see plenty of other racing action leading up to Saturday’s main event. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take to the track in the FOX Factory120 on Friday for two hours of nail-biting competition. Both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda will have double-header races leading up to the Motul Petit Le Mans as well

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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Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer
An Official Charity of Road Atlanta

Road Atlanta has been a strong supporter of the Austin Hatcher Foundation and pediatric cancer diversionary therapies. Road Atlanta has served as a host for the Annual Motul Petit Le Mans Charity Weekend, which includes the Annual Charity Motorcycle ride and weekend diversionary therapies associated with the Motul Petit Le Mans road race.

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