VOICES OF PETIT LE MANS: THE GTs
Corvette, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Panoz, Ford, Dodge...you get the picture. The American Le Mans Series' two GT classes feature the world's best manufacturers and their premium auto offerings on a world-class stage. This weekend, that stage is Road Atlanta for the 11th annual Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6. The 1,000-mile/10-hour classic is the cornerstone of the American Le Mans Series and one of the top events on the schedule for drivers.
Jan Magnussen, Corvette Racing
Corvette C6.R (GT1)
"Petit Le Mans is a fantastic race. There are so many fans there. It's a long event - 1,000 miles - so people tend to come there and camp out. It's very similar to Sebring in terms of atmosphere. And the race is a little bit different than the other long races that we do. The track kind of lends itself to harder racing because you have to take bigger chances to get through traffic. But it's, for me, a fantastic event, and I'm looking to go back there and do more than 14 laps or whatever I did last year before I got pushed off."
Chris Hall, Primetime Race Group
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe (GT2)
"The last few Petit Le Mans I've been at, not as a driver but just helping other teams coaching-wise, the fans are very enthusiastic. I love the kind of stock car converts there. Obviously we're kind of in stock car country. But they're a lot of fun and I know the infield can be a little rowdy.
"I think the one thing obviously is they need to be educated about the class structure, you know, the different classes that we have. But once they have an understanding of that I think they love it. I mean, I've spoken to a lost of NASCAR fans over the years who have been to Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans, and they absolutely love it. It's so different from what they're used to."
Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 is the 10th round of the 2008 American Le Mans Series. The 1,000-mile/10-hour race is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Saturday, October 4 from Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. SPEED will televise the race live with online video available from 1 to 6:30 p.m. ET on americanlemans.com. XM Satellite Radio will air live race coverage throughout the day on XM Channel 166. Live coverage from American Le Mans Radio will be available at americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring.