Things to Watch at Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda
Race's 15th running has no shortage of attractions, storylines
BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 24, 2012) - March seems like a long time ago. Yet here we are a little more than six months after the start of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season at Sebring. A month from now the season wraps up with the 15th running of Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.
Road Atlanta's signature event served as the launching pad for the ALMS with the first event in 1998. The race is 1,000 miles or 10 hours (whichever comes first) of grueling racing up, down and around the foothills of northern Georgia. With the exception of the monsoon-plagued 2009 race, each Petit Le Mans has gone the distance with run times ranging from eight hours, 56 minutes (1999) to nine hours, 48 minutes (1998). Last year's running time was nine hours, 34 minutes as Peugeot won at Road Atlanta for the third consecutive year.
Already there are a number of storylines and developments with respect to the race itself as well as ALMS class championships. Among them...
We learned earlier this week that Nissan DeltaWing will make its return to racing at Petit Le Mans. The revolutionary concept prototype - featuring a design that cuts weight, fuel consumption and tire weight by half - races for the first time in North America after its worldwide debut in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The ALMS' P1 and P2 championships for drivers and teams are on the line. Both Muscle Milk Pickett Racing (P1) and Level 5 Motorsports (P2) need only to complete 70 percent of the distance of their respective class winners to claim season titles. Should they falter, Dyson Racing (P1) and Conquest Endurance (P2) can claim the championships if they reach the 70 percent mark.