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Petit Le Mans Marshal Invitation, Road Atlanta September 27 – October 1, 2016

Just got two invites for the most important races of the year (I think) on the American Racing Calendar. I’ll make two posts to share the invites with anyone who could be interested. My advice, do both!

Petit Le Mans is one of the coolest events there is on US soil. It is season finale of the IMSA  WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the final round of the North American Endurance Cup and the circuit couldn’t be better: Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

Interested in volunteering?

I say do it!

What is it; Petit Le Mans

When is it: September 27 – October 1, 2016

Where is it: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia

Who’s recruiting: Atlanta Region SCCA

Who will be there: Five Race Groups!

  • IMSA WeatherTech Series (DP & LMP2, GTLM, GTD)
  • IMSA Continental Tire Series (GS & ST)
  • IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo
  • IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites
  • SCCA-PRO Global MX-5 Cup

How to get there? Fly into Atlanta which may be pricey. Other airports within a reasonable drive distance are Savannah, Georgia which is what I’ve done a few years ago. Charlotte, NC may be cheaper or even Nashville, TN but then the drive is loooong.

Where to stay?  The cheapest place: Road Atlanta campground. You will drive in and out every morning as the Mustering Marshal tent is outside of the main gate. But that process is fairly painless.

I would highly recommend this event!

I’ve worked every Petit since 2012, this year may be the first time I do miss it, but I would go again in the heartbeat if I still can’t find a job by late September… my fingers are crossed that I’ll be working for a living, but if not I’ll find a way to come to this event!

To sign up go to the Atlanta Region SCCA web site and follow a link to  MotorsportReg looking for the Petit Le Mans volunteer opportunities. Though officially the event starts Thursday, September 28, it is common practice to volunteer the promoter test day taking place Wednesday, September 27. So plan on spending a week in Georgia!

Good Luck!

Have Fun!

So, this was pretty much Petit Le Mans 2015 (7 hours in 7 minutes) Video

The 2015 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta was a messy crashfest.

While the practices and most of the support races were outstanding, the actual feature race wasn’t really much of a race, but cars sliding around off-race-pace, hydroplaning into concrete walls, tire barriers and gravel traps. Perhaps the best description of what happened can be watched in this 7 minute video that condense the 7 hours the event dragged on for into something watchable.

(if the video becomes unavailable or disappears off YouTube just search for: “2015 TSCC The Petit Le Mans All Crashes” I’m sure there will be plenty of clips that come up)

Take note of how many of the same cars had repeat incidents that were not of a racing nature. The ones I got to see myself were the #90 Spirit of Daytona DP prototype spinning on the front straight in the exact same spot. The #912 GTLM Porsche 911 RSR going off Turn 1 into the tire wall uphill. The #4 Corvette Racing C7.R and the Deltawing. GTD class BMW Z4 from Turner, etc.

What a mess!

petit le mans road atlanta station alpha pit exit between start and turn 1