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The Petit Le Mans (French for little Le Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, USA. It uses the rules established for the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), which are slightly modified if necessary, mainly to allow additional cars to compete.

Petit Le Mans
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Road Atlanta track map.svg
VenueRoad Atlanta
Corporate sponsorMotul
First race1998
First USCC race2014
Distance1,000 mi (1,609.344 km) (1998-2013)
Laps394
Duration1,000.76 miles (1,610.567 km) or 10 hrs. (1998-2013)
10 hrs. (since 2014)
Most wins (driver)Rinaldo Capello (5)
Most wins (team)Audi Sport North America (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Audi (9)

The race was founded by Road Atlanta owner Don Panoz and first run on October 10, 1998 as part of the IMSA season. The 1999 edition was one of the original events of the American Le Mans Series. The 2010 and 2011 editions were also part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, but the 2012 race for the brand-new World Endurance Championship was controversially dropped in favour of Bahrain. Since 2014 the race has been a crown jewel event of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

From 1998 until 2013, Petit Le Mans covered a maximum of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) (which is approximately 394 laps) or a maximum of 10 hours, whichever came first; only once, in the rain-stopped 2009 race, had the leading team failed to complete 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Since 2014, the duration is 10 hours, without distance limitations.[1][2] In addition to the overall race, teams of two or three drivers per car compete for class victories in different categories, divided into Le Mans prototypes and grand tourers. Class winners of this event originally received an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, however this was removed in 2012.

Rinaldo Capello holds the record of most race wins, having won in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The 2009 & 2015 races were shortened due to heavy rains making the track impassable. The 2015 race featured the first time a GT car won overall against the faster prototypes. Rain created a flooded track the entire race causing multiple cautions and a red flag, allowing GTLM cars to leap-frog the prototypes that were struggling for grip in the conditions. Nick Tandy, winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, and co-driver Patrick Pilet took the checkered flag when officials called the race with a little over two hours remaining.

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Overall winnersEdit

Year Drivers Team Chassis-Engine Championship(s)
1998   Eric van de Poele
  Wayne Taylor
  Emmanuel Collard
  Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP Professional SportsCar Racing Championship
1999   David Brabham
  Éric Bernard
  Andy Wallace
  Panoz Motor Sports Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Ford American Le Mans Series
2000   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
  Michele Alboreto
  Audi Sport North America Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
2001   Frank Biela
  Emanuele Pirro
  Audi Sport North America Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
2002   Tom Kristensen
  Rinaldo Capello
  Audi Sport North America Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
2003   JJ Lehto
  Johnny Herbert
  ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
2004   Marco Werner
  JJ Lehto
  ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
2005   Frank Biela
  Emanuele Pirro
  ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
2006   Rinaldo Capello
  Allan McNish
  Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI American Le Mans Series
2007   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
  Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI American Le Mans Series
2008   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
  Emanuele Pirro
  Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI American Le Mans Series
2009   Franck Montagny
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP American Le Mans Series
2010   Franck Montagny
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Pedro Lamy
  Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP American Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
2011   Franck Montagny
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Alexander Wurz
  Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 American Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
2012   Neel Jani
  Nicolas Prost
  Andrea Belicchi
  Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
2013   Neel Jani
  Nicolas Prost
  Nick Heidfeld
  Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota American Le Mans Series
2014   Jordan Taylor
  Ricky Taylor
  Max Angelelli
  Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP United SportsCar Championship
2015   Nick Tandy
  Patrick Pilet
  Richard Lietz
  Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR United SportsCar Championship
2016   John Pew
  Oswaldo Negri Jr.
  Olivier Pla
  Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2017   Ryan Dalziel
  Brendon Hartley
  Scott Sharp
  Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2018[3]   Ryan Hunter-Reay
  Jordan Taylor
  Renger van der Zande
  Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Overall winnersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". IMSA.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2 October 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Dagys, John. "Archived copy". Twitter.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2 October 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Official Race Results" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2018-10-15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2018-12-09.

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