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The 2009 Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda6 was the twelfth running of the Petit Le Mans and the ninth round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Georgia, on September 26, 2009. Originally scheduled to run for a distance of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) or a time of ten hours, the race was stopped after four hours due to heavy rains. The race was not restarted and the results were determined from the final lap prior to the stoppage.[1]

When race officials decided to not restart the event Nicolas Minassian and Stéphane Sarrazin of the #08 Peugeot were declared the winners, leading their team car #07. Audi, who had won this race every year since 2000, finished in third and fourth places. This race was the first time Audi lost at Petit Le Mans since its first run since 2000. This was also the first time that neither of the Volkswagen Group marques (Audi and Porsche) won (or finished in the top two, in all cases) its classes. In the LMP2 category Dyson Racing Team won their second race of the season with the #20 Lola-Mazda of Marino Franchitti, Ben Devlin, and Butch Leitzinger ranking 13th overall and 29 laps ahead of their nearest class competitor. The GT2 category was won by Risi Competizione Ferrari leading the Rahal Letterman Racing BMW and Farnbacher-Loles Porsche on the podium.

During Thursday practice on September 24, which took place in dry, sunny conditions, Scott Sharp had a violent crash in the Acura ARX-02a exiting turn one after making contact with the Farnbacher-Loles Porsche entry, which was leaving the pits. Sharp's car turned on its left side, hit the fence, then barrel-rolled three-and-a-half times before landing right-side up.[2] Sharp walked away from the incident. On Friday, September 25, at 9:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time, a new tub arrived from the Honda Performance Development Center in Los Angeles.[2] The Highcroft Racing team then spent the next 24 hours rebuilding the car, getting some assistance from archrival de Ferran Motorsports.[2] The team only used 10 percent of the parts from the original car,[2] and were forced to start the race from pit road.[2]



Qualifying resultEdit

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[3]

Pos Class Team Qualifying Driver Lap Time
1 LMP1 #07 Team Peugeot Total Nicolas Minassian 1:06.937
2 LMP1 #08 Team Peugeot Total Franck Montagny 1:07.160
3 LMP1 #2 Audi Sport Team Joest Rinaldo Capello 1:08.200
4 LMP1 #1 Audi Sport North America Lucas Luhr 1:08.228
5 LMP1 #66 de Ferran Motorsports Simon Pagenaud 1:08.348
6 LMP1 #7 Team Oreca Matmut AIM Nicolas Lapierre 1:09.566
7 LMP1 #37 Intersport Racing Jon Field 1:09.685
8 LMP2 #20 Dyson Racing Team Marino Franchitti 1:10.152
9 LMP1 #88 Drayson Racing Jonny Cocker 1:10.552
10 LMP2 #6 Team Cytosport Klaus Graf 1:11.405
11 LMP2 #15 Lowe's Fernández Racing Adrian Fernández 1:11.758
12 LMP1 #12 Autocon Motorsports Chris McMurry 1:12.676
13 GT2 #40 Robertson Racing David Murry 1:20.819
14 GT2 #28 LG Motorsports Tom Sutherland 1:20.877
15 GT2 #4 Corvette Racing Olivier Beretta 1:20.912
16 GT2 #92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Dirk Müller 1:20.981
17 GT2 #90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Joey Hand 1:21.219
18 GT2 #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Patrick Long 1:21.299
19 GT2 #3 Corvette Racing Johnny O'Connell 1:21.491
20 GT2 #21 Panoz Team PTG Dominik Farnbacher 1:21.648
21 GT2 #87 Farnbacher-Loles Racing Wolf Henzler 1:21.760
22 GT2 #62 Risi Competizione Jaime Melo 1:22.718
23 GT2 #17 Team Falken Tires Bryan Sellers 1:23.081
24 GT2 #11 Primetime Race Group Chris Hall 1:23.121
25 GT2 #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Seth Neiman 1:25.601
LMP1 #9 Patrón Highcroft Racing Did Not Participate
LMP1 #10 ECO Racing Did Not Participate
UNC #16 Dyson Racing Team Did Not Participate
LMP2 #19 van der Steur Racing Did Not Participate


Race resultEdit

Class winners are marked in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance are marked as Not Classified (NC).[4]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tire Laps
1 LMP1 08   Team Peugeot Total   Franck Montagny
  Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 184
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
2 LMP1 07   Team Peugeot Total   Nicolas Minassian
  Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 184
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
3 LMP1 2   Audi Sport Team Joest   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
Audi R15 TDI M 184
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
4 LMP1 1   Audi Sport North America   Marco Werner
  Lucas Luhr
Audi R15 TDI M 183
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
5 LMP1 7   Team Oreca Matmut AIM   Nicolas Lapierre
  Olivier Panis
  Romain Dumas
Oreca 01 M 181
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
6 LMP1 9   Patrón Highcroft Racing   David Brabham
  Scott Sharp
  Dario Franchitti
Acura ARX-02a M 180
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
7 UNC 16   Dyson Racing Team   Chris Dyson
  Guy Smith
Lola B09/86 M 177
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
8 GT2 62   Risi Competizione   Jaime Melo
  Pierre Kaffer
  Mika Salo
Ferrari F430GT M 170
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
9 GT2 92   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing   Tommy Milner
  Dirk Müller
  Jörg Müller
BMW M3 GT2 D 169
BMW 4.0 L V8
10 GT2 87   Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports   Wolf Henzler
  Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 169
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
11 GT2 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Olivier Beretta
  Marcel Fässler
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 169
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
12 GT2 45   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 169
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13 LMP2 20   Dyson Racing Team   Butch Leitzinger
  Marino Franchitti
  Ben Devlin
Lola B08/86 M 168
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
14 GT2 3   Corvette Racing   Johnny O'Connell
  Jan Magnussen
  Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 168
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
15 GT2 44   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Darren Law
  Seth Neiman
  Johannes van Overbeek
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 162
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
16 GT2 28   LG Motorsports   Tom Sutherland
  Tomy Drissi
  Matt Bell
Chevrolet Corvette C6 D 157
Chevrolet LS3 6.3 L V8
LMP1 37   Intersport Racing   Jon Field
  Clint Field
Lola B06/10 D 152
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
18 GT2 21   Panoz Team PTG   Ian James
  Dominik Farnbacher
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 152
Ford 5.0 L V8
LMP1 12   Autocon Motorsports   Bryan Willman
  Chris McMurry
  Tony Burgess
Lola B06/10 D 144
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
20 GT2 40   Robertson Racing   David Robertson
  Andrea Robertson
  David Murry
Ford GT-R Mk. VII D 142
Ford 5.0 L V8
21 LMP2 15   Lowe's Fernández Racing   Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01B M 139
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
22 LMP2 6   Team Cytosport   Greg Pickett
  Klaus Graf
  Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 136
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
23 GT2 17   Team Falken Tire   Bryan Sellers
  Dominic Cicero
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR F 136
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
24 LMP1 66   de Ferran Motorsports   Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Scott Dixon
Acura ARX-02a M 136
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
25 GT2 90   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing   Bill Auberlen
  Joey Hand
  Andy Priaulx
BMW M3 GT2 D 133
BMW 4.0 L V8
GT2 11   Primetime Race Group   Joel Feinberg
  Chris Hall
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe Y 129
Dodge 8.3 L V10
LMP1 88   Drayson Racing   Paul Drayson
  Jonny Cocker
  Rob Bell
Lola B09/60 M 123
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
DNS LMP1 10   ECO Racing   Hideki Noda
  José Manuel Balbiani
  Dion von Moltke
Radical SR9 D
ECO (AER) 5.0 L Turbo V10
DNS LMP2 19   van der Steur Racing   Gunnar van der Steur
  Adam Pecorari
  Robbie Pecorari
Radical SR9 K
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4


  1. ^ "Peugeot wins a wet Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta". American Le Mans Series. September 26, 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e – Scott Sharp Incredible Wreck Petit Le Mans 9-24-09
  3. ^ "ALMS Qualifying Result" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-25.[dead link]
  4. ^ "ALMS Final Race Results" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2009-09-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
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