Braselton, Ga.- Road Atlanta's first season of the new millennium will feature thirteen spectator events and a special opportunity for race fans to purchase exclusive season passes.
The fourth annual Petit Le Mans will be held October 3-6. The 10 hour or 1,000-mile American Le Mans Series race is quickly becoming a favorite with fans. This year 55,000 fans flocked to Road Atlanta to see the stunning battles between Audi and Panoz in the prototype class, Viper and Corvette in the GTS class and Porsche and BMW in the GT class. The 2001 race will also include Europe's popular LMP 675 class.
The busy Petit Le Mans weekend will also feature a number of additional races from series such as Speedvision World Challenge. Interactive displays in the infield and paddock access will provide entertainment off the track. Once again, Speedvision will provide live flag-to-flag coverage of the Petit Le Mans race.
The AMA Superbike "Big Kahuna" Nationals bring their double-header event to Road Atlanta May 18-20. The 185 mph Superbikes draw an enthusiastic following and are ridden by the best competitors in the United States. With additional races from 600 Supersport, 750 Supersport, Formula Xtreme and Buell Pro Thunder, there is plenty of two-wheel excitement.
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will kick off the 2001 race season with the South Atlantic Road Race of Champions, March 3-4. SCCA Regional events will be held March 31-April 1 and July 28-29. An SCCA National event will be run at Road Atlanta June 9-10 and the fall South Atlantic Road Race of Champions will be held Memorial Day weekend, September 1-3. SCCA's American Road Race of Champions will close the 2001 season as nearly 300 of the nation's best regional racers come together to compete.
Historic Sportscar Racing will visit Road Atlanta twice in the 2001 season. The annual Walter Mitty Challenge, April 27-29, is one of the most popular historic racing events, drawing cars from virtually every series that has raced on a road course. The Atlanta Historics will be held September 14-16.
Road Atlanta will host a WERA Regional motorcycle racing event July 7-8. The series returns October 24-28 for the WERA Grand National Finals, an invitation-only series of races that decide the national champions.
The Ferrari Challenge returns May 12-13 and is a must-see for any exotic car enthusiast.
For the 2001 racing season, Road Atlanta is offering memberships to the Grand Prix Club, an exclusive season pass that includes paddock access at all thirteen events and paddock parking. Among the benefits of a Grand Prix Club Membership are discounts on Road Atlanta merchandise, an official Grand Prix Club hard card and members-only events.
Gift Certificates are also available in increments of $25, $50 and $100 and are good toward any race tickets. Grand Prix Club Memberships and Gift Certificates can be purchased by calling 1-800-849-RACE.
<pre> Road Atlanta's 2001 Race Schedule
SCCA South Atlantic Road Race of Champions, March 3-4
SCCA Regional, March 31-April 1
Historic Sportscar Racing Walter Mitty Challenge, April 27-29
Ferrari Challenge, May 12-13
AMA Superbike "Big Kahuna" Nationals, May 18-20
SCCA National, June 9-10
WERA Regional, July 7-8
SCCA Regional, July 28-29
SCCA South Atlantic Road Race of Champions, September 1-3
Historic Sportscar Racing Atlanta Historics, September 14-16
Petit Le Mans, Ocotber 3-6
WERA Grand National Finals, October 24-28
SCCA American Road Race of Champions, November 9-11