INSIGHT: 19TH ANNUAL PETIT LE MANS
A RACE APART
Out of the darkness comes a blaze of
bright lights. Into fast focus appears a
battle-streaked sports car, brake rotors
glowing bright orange, flame spitting
from the exhaust and the sound of one
– two – three engine blips, betraying the
gear selector’s travel down to a smaller
cog. Left side tires claw ferociously for
grip, while right side rubber seems to
barely kiss and contact the track surface.
That’s the scene standing on the fence
line at Road Atlanta’s Turn 6, eight hours
into Petit Le Mans. It’s mystical, magical
and raw in the best possible way.
Petit Le Mans will again be the ultimate
act in the 2016 IMSA Weather Tech
SportsCar Championship, from Sept. 28
to Oct. 1. As the season finale, it will
crown the champions, and it almost
certainly guarantees that much will be
on the line for the teams and drivers
in the Prototype, PC, GT Le Mans and
GT Daytona classes.
For the fans it’s on-track excitement
and a whole lot more. Four full days of
track activity across five series offers
plenty to see, with multiple opportunities
to watch your favorite cars and drivers
from great vantage points around the
venue. Off-track, it’s a car-watchers
paradise as a bevy of beautiful cars fill
the manufacturer corrals. Camping and
RV opportunities also abound and
deliver the full Petit Le Mans experience.
There’s an intimacy to Petit Le Mans
that seems to set it apart from other
races. And, as one of the crown jewels of
endurance racing, it always delivers.
The atmosphere at Petit Le Mans is always
electric. Last year, despite unrelenting rain,
sports car fans showed up in their thousands,
staying through to the end to witness Porsche’s
GTLM class 911 RSR take a surprise overall
win in one of the world’s classic enduros.
• In addition to the Weather Tech Championship,
other series racing include the IMSA Continental
Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Mazda Prototype
Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, the Porsche
GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the
Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup
Presented by BF Goodrich Tires.
YOUR PETIT TO-DO LIST...
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• Petit Le Mans is the final round of the Tequila
Patrón North American Endurance Cup that
also includes the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours
of Sebring and Six Hours at the Glen.
• Car corrals from many of the manufacturers
competing at Petit Le Mans, including Ferrari,
Lamborghini, Corvette and Porsche, bring out
a large number of gorgeous cars to show
some “team spirit.”
• One of the highlights of the weekend is the
grid walk, staged on the actual track surface,
in anticipation of the Weather Tech
Championship race. Any fan with a ticket is
invited to rub elbows with the teams and
drivers on the grid before they set off for the
final time in 2016.
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• The Sports Bar and Club Patrón located in
the infield will have drinks, food and a live race
feed, which makes for a great place to hang
with friends and raise a glass to the winner.
• Children 12 and under are always admitted
free with a ticketed adult.
19th ANNUAL SEP T. 28-OCT. 1, 2016
• 2016 tickets are now on sale at
roadatlanta.com. The advance purchase
price of a 4-Day Super Ticket is $85 and
one day tickets start at $65.00.
All tickets include paddock access.
FOR TICKETS, GO TO ROADATLANTA.COM OR CALL 1-800-849-RACE
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