BRASELTON, Ga. (September 26, 2001) -- The winning teams from all four classes in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans head a stellar list of entries for the Saturday, Oct. 6 running of Audi presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the final race of the...
BRASELTON, Ga. (September 26, 2001) -- The winning teams from all four classes in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans head a stellar list of entries for the Saturday, Oct. 6 running of Audi presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the final race of the 2001 American Le Mans Series season.
The stars and cars of the American Le Mans Series will run for 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first, on Road Atlanta's challenging 2.54-mile, uphill-downhill circuit in what has become one of the world's most important sports car races. The race will start at 12 noon and will continue well past the time that darkness has enveloped the North Georgia racing facility. The latest time that the checkered flag will fall is 10 p.m.
Sports car racing teams and drivers from around the world will gather at Road Atlanta for the fourth annual running of the event which is widely credited with starting the current revival of sports car racing that is underway in the United States. The inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998 marked the first time that the famed "Le Mans" name had been permitted to be used outside of the hallowed French racing classic, and the event was a roaring success.
The four class-winning teams for the 2001 version of the 24 Hours of Le Mans are entered in Audi presents Petit Le Mans, including powerful Audi Sport North America, winner at Le Mans the past two years as well as the defending champion of the Petit Le Mans. The team will field a pair of Audi R8 Prototypes, with ALMS points leader Emanuele Pirro to co-drive with Frank Biela in one, and Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen sharing the other.
Making its first American Le Mans Series appearance this year will be one of Europe's most successful road racing teams, Racing Organisation Course (ROC). The French team won the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June and will field two Reynard 2KQs powered by Volkswagen engines in the Petit Le Mans. Jordi Gene of Spain and Yannick Schroeder of France will be the co-drivers of the lead car.
Corvette Racing, which won the GTS class at Le Mans this season, will also run two cars in the Petit Le Mans, where it scored a class win last year. Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Scott Pruett, the Le Mans winners, will drive one car, while Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins and Franck Freon will defend their title in the Petit Le Mans.
Germany-based Seikel Motorsport fielded the winning car in the GT class this year at Le Mans and will have a Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the Petit Le Mans for drivers Tony Burgess and Andrew Bagnall.
The entry list includes 47 cars, with the possibility that more could join the field once practice for the event begins on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Practice will continue the next day, with qualifying set for Friday, Oct. 5.
The Speedvision television network will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of the event starting at 11:30 a.m. on race day. Ticket information is available online at www.roadatlanta.com or by calling 1-800-849-7223.