The Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda (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.
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. This year will mark the 2nd Annual Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, which connects the races in North America, Europe and Asia.
The Petit Le Mans covers a maximum of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) (which is approximately 394 laps) or a maximum of 10 hours, whichever comes first; only once, in the rain-stopped 2009 race, has the leading team failed to complete 1,000 miles (1,600 km). In addition to the overall race, teams of two or three drivers per car compete for class victories in four different classes of cars, two for Le Mans prototypes and two for grand tourer cars. Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Petit Le Mans News
Rebellion’s Jani Outmuscles Luhr For Petit Le Mans Pole +Brabham (P2), Cameron (PC) Lead Class Qualifying For ALMS Finale BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2013) – When the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón runs its final event in Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda, Neel Jani will be looking to make more history at Road Atlanta. Jani… Read More
Jani Sets Fastest Lap At Night In Petit Le Mans Practice +Final Practice, Qualifying For ALMS Finale Set For Friday BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 17, 2013) – Rebellion Racing waited until dark to set the fastest lap of the opening day of practice for Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Neel Jani led the session with a lap… Read More
Rebellion Returns To Top Petit Le Mans Test +Busy Day Sees 24 ALMS Machines Prep For Finale At Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 14, 2013) – Rebellion Racing made the most of its return to the track alongside American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón competitors by leading the way in both of Monday’s test sessions at Road… Read More
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Road Atlanta +Inaugural Event Will Be 2013 Season Finale Championship Comes Down To Kwasniewski Versus Moffitt DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2013) – Could this finally be the year for Brett Moffitt? Recent misfortune for Dylan Kwasniewski has certainly left the door wide open. A title picture that looked like a foregone conclusion… Read More
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Leads Opening Test Day For Petit Le Mans +10 Cars Turn Laps On Sunday At Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2013) – Ten American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón cars took advantage of near perfect weather conditions on Sunday at Road Atlanta to begin preparations for next Saturday’s 16th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda… Read More