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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.

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, Daytona Prototype International 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.

Overall winners[]

Year Drivers Team Chassis-Engine Championship(s)
1998 25px Belgium Eric van de Poele
25px South Africa Wayne Taylor
25px France Emmanuel Collard
25px USA Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP Professional SportsCar Racing Championship
1999 25px Australia David Brabham
25px France Éric Bernard
25px Great Britain Andy Wallace
25px USA Panoz Motor Sports Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Ford American Le Mans Series
2000 25px Great Britain Allan McNish
25px Italy Rinaldo Capello
25px Italy Michele Alboreto
25px Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8
2001 25px Germany Frank Biela
25px Italy Emanuele Pirro
25px Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
2002 25px Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
25px Italy Rinaldo Capello
25px Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8 American Le Mans Series
2003 25px Finland JJ Lehto
25px Great Britain Johnny Herbert
25px USA ADT Champion Racing Audi R8
2004 25px Germany Marco Werner
25px Finland JJ Lehto
25px USA ADT Champion Racing Audi R8
2005 25px Germany Frank Biela
25px Italy Emanuele Pirro
25px USA ADT Champion Racing Audi R8
2006 25px Italy Rinaldo Capello
25px Great Britain Allan McNish
25px USA Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
2007 25px Great Britain Allan McNish
25px Italy Rinaldo Capello
25px USA Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
2008 25px Great Britain Allan McNish
25px Italy Rinaldo Capello
25px Italy Emanuele Pirro
25px USA Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
2009 25px France Franck Montagny
25px France Stéphane Sarrazin
25px France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
2010 25px France Franck Montagny
25px France Stéphane Sarrazin
25px Flag of Portugal Pedro Lamy
25px France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP American Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
2011 25px France Franck Montagny
25px France Stéphane Sarrazin
25px Austria Alexander Wurz
25px France Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908
2012 25px Switzerland Neel Jani
25px France Nicolas Prost
25px Italy Andrea Belicchi
25px Switzerland Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota
2013 25px Switzerland Neel Jani
25px France Nicolas Prost
25px Germany Nick Heidfeld
25px Switzerland Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota American Le Mans Series
2014 25px USA Jordan Taylor
25px USA Ricky Taylor
25px Italy Max Angelelli
25px USA Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP United SportsCar Championship
2015 25px Great Britain Nick Tandy
25px France Patrick Pilet
25px Austria Richard Lietz
25px USA Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR
2016 25px USA John Pew
25px Brazil Oswaldo Negri Jr.
25px France Olivier Pla
25px USA Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda IMSA SportsCar Championship
2017 25px Great Britain Ryan Dalziel
25px New Zealand Brendon Hartley
25px USA Scott Sharp
25px USA Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi
2018[3] 25px USA Ryan Hunter-Reay
25px USA Jordan Taylor
25px Netherlands Renger van der Zande
25px USA Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R
2019 25px Brazil Felipe Nasr
25px Brazil Pipo Derani
25px USA Eric Curran
25px USA Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R
2020 25px Australia Ryan Briscoe
25px New Zealand Scott Dixon
25px Netherlands Renger van der Zande
25px USA Konica Minolta Cadillac Cadillac DPi-V.R
2021 25px USA Jonathan Bomarito
25px Great Britain Oliver Jarvis
25px Great Britain Harry Tincknell
25px Canada Mazda Motorsports Mazda RT24-P
2022 25px Great Britain Tom Blomqvist
25px Brazil Hélio Castroneves
25px Great Britain Oliver Jarvis
25px USA Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-05

Overall winners[]

Drivers[]

Rank Driver Wins Years
1 25px Italy Rinaldo Capello||5||2000, 2002, 2006–2008
2 25px Great Britain Allan McNish||4||2000, 2006–2008
3 25px Italy Emanuele Pirro||rowspan=3|3||2001, 2005, 2008
25px France Franck Montagny||2009–2011
25px France Stéphane Sarrazin||2009–2011
6 25px Finland JJ Lehto||rowspan=5|2||2003–2004
25px Germany Frank Biela||2001, 2005
25px Switzerland Neel Jani 2012–2013
25px France Nicolas Prost||2012–2013
25px USA Jordan Taylor||2014, 2018

Constructors[]

Rank Maker Wins Years
1 25px Germany Audi 9 2000–2008
2 25px France Peugeot 3 2009–2011
25px USA Cadillac 2018–2020
3 25px Great Britain Lola 2 2012–2013
4 25px Italy Ferrari 1 1998
25px USA Panoz 1999
25px USA Chevrolet 2014
25px Germany Porsche 2015
25px Japan Honda 2016
25px Japan Nissan 2017
25px Japan Mazda 2021
25px Japan Acura 2022

Team[]

Rank Maker Wins
1 25px France Peugeot Sport Total
25px Germany Audi Sport North America
25px USA Audi Sport North America
25px USA ADT Champion Racing
25px USA Wayne Taylor Racing
3
2 25px Switzerland Rebellion Racing 2

See also[]

  • Grand Prix of Atlanta

References[]

External links[]

Template:Automobile endurance races

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