Petit Le Mans kick off

BRASELTON, GA - Racecar drivers and local media will gear up for the Audi presents Petit Le Mans this year by competing in a charity fundraiser race at Andretti Speed Lab on Monday, Oct. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. The event is the official kick-off for...

BRASELTON, GA - Racecar drivers and local media will gear up for the Audi presents Petit Le Mans this year by competing in a charity fundraiser race at Andretti Speed Lab on Monday, Oct. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. The event is the official kick-off for the Audi presents Petit Le Mans sports car endurance race Oct. 3-6 at Road Atlanta.

Twenty-five American Le Mans Series drivers, paired with 25 media personalities, will race the SuperKarts on the SuperTrack (combination of the adult and junior tracks) at Andretti Speed Lab, located at 11000 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell. Six pairs of drivers and media will compete in each 15-minute qualifying race, and the top finishers advance to the 40-minute feature race.

The public is encouraged to come watch the racing and to then compete against the professional driver's single best lap time for prizes and tickets to the Audi presents Petit Le Mans.

A portion of the proceeds of the racing fees from this event will go to the Firemen's Fund to benefit the New York City firefighters who worked to rescue victims of the terrorist attacks. Local firefighters will also accept donations from Andretti patrons.

"Firefighters and other safety personnel are very close to our hearts because of their involvement in motorsports, and we want to do everything we can to help and support the New York firefighters and their families," says Mike Swaine, Executive Director of Road Atlanta. "This event is dedicated to helping them."

The ALMS drivers will sign autographs for patrons throughout the event. Patrons will also have a chance to win free tickets to the Audi presents Petit Le Mans throughout the evening and the rest of the week. Additionally, all of Andretti Speed Lab's other attractions will be open to the public. A special SuperKart track will be set up in the infield at Road Atlanta, and race fans will have the opportunity to take laps for a $2 donation to the Atlanta Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The Andretti Speed Lab/Road Atlanta track will be open from Noon-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5th, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The Audi presents Petit Le Mans is a 1,000-mile race (with a 10-hour time limit) that starts at Noon on Oct. 6th. It is the season finale for the American Le Mans Series.

Andretti Speed Lab is a $4.5 million, 100,000 square-foot, fully enclosed SuperKart racing, extreme sports and corporate events facility. Call 770-992-5688 for more information, or visit the worldwide web at www.andrettispeedlab.com.

Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12 turn sports car race circuit in Braselton (exit 129 off I-85). For more information visit the worldwide web at www.roadatlanta.com.

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