American Le Mans (ALMS) Overview

Le Mans: the ultimate endurance and efficiency test for motorsports since 1923. Originally started in Le Mans, France where streets would be blocked off for the 24 hour race. This gave teams plenty of time to speed along the Circuit de la Sarthe. Le Mans races forced race teams to balance speed against endurance. Race teams would push a car's ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage while also managing the car's consumables such as fuel, tires and brakes. The endurance of drivers is also put to the test as a driver often times has to drive for hours in miserable conditions while maintaining focus and composure without compromising stamina and speed. All of these varying elements make for spectacular shows which is evidenced over the many years of Le Mans races.

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CarNecks Event: Petit Le Mans RoadAtlanta

CarNecks is hosting our first official event. We will be gathering in Charlotte to travel down to RoadAtlanta for a one day trip to watch the Petit Le Mans race on October 1st, 2011.CarNecks_audi_r15_tdi_petit_le_mans_race_rs

What is the Petit Le Mans Race?

Source: RoadAtlanta The Petit Le Mans (French for little Le Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, USA. It uses the rules established for the 24 hours of Le Mans by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), which are slightly modified if necessary, mainly to allow additional cars to compete.

The race was founded by Road Atlanta owner Don Panoz and first run on October 10, 1998 as part of the IMSA season. The 1999 edition was one of the original events of the American Le Mans Series. This year will mark the 2nd Annual Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, which connects the races in North America, Europe and Asia.

The Petit Le Mans covers a maximum of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) (which is approximately 394 laps) or a maximum of 10 hours, whichever comes first; only once, in the rain-stopped 2009 race, has the leading team failed to complete 1,000 miles (1,600 km). In addition to the overall race, teams of two or three drivers per car compete for class victories in four different classes of cars, two for Le Mans prototypes and two for grand tourer cars. Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

What are the Event Details?

Event details can be found on Facebook. Be sure to specify whether or not you're attending and to like the CarNecks page!

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