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Enduro of Activities for Fans at Petit Le Mans

This coming weekend not only features the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Road Atlanta, it also boasts a variety of family friendly activities surrounding the event to provide a lifetime of memories for race fans of all ages. The 19th Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Resort will feature 114 different entries spread among 10 different classes of competition in six difference races at the famed 12-turn circuit. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will support the WeatherTech Championship along with the Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires and Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama to ensure as little downtime as possible.

Photo: Matt Romanotto

Away from the track, fans will have plenty to keep them busy starting with the Vendor Village on Wednesday. The Village is the place to find great food and drinks along with displays from the manufacturers showcasing their latest machines on and off the track. A variety of merchants will also be selling souvenirs in the Vendor Village, with everything from scale models to posters.

And for the kids? The Petit Pit Stop on Spectator Hill is the perfect place for young ones with inflatables, face painting, snow cones, and popcorn. Drop the kids off while you go for a bite to eat at the newly renovated Spectator Hill Bar and Grille with one of the best views in motorsports – the famed esses of Road Atlanta.

Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers on Friday with the WeatherTech Championship autograph session at the team haulers. The session starts at 1:30 PM with qualifying following at 3:30. Fans will also have the opportunity to get their hands on some great memorabilia through the WeatherTech Live Auction at the Paul Miller Racing hauler benefitting the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

The weekend culminates with the 10-hour classic to determine the WeatherTech Championship titles, but fans will have one-last chance to see the machinery up close and personal before the green flag flies. Open to all fans at 9:40, the Pre Race grid walk let’s fans get up close and personal with the cars and stars before they take to competition, right on the front stretch of one of America’s most beloved circuits.

Photo: Matt Romanotto

Unlike last year’s deluge, the forecast calls for beautiful weather, which should provide great conditions for a final showdown for the championships at stake. Tickets can be purchased from the track here, while the fan schedule can be found here. The first session of the weekend starts with the Mazda Prototype Lites taking to the track for Free Practice 1 on Wednesday at 11:15 just before Porsche GT3 Cup at noon. Continental Tire Challenge hits the track for the first time at 2:35 PM on Wednesday while the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship commences on-track activity on Thursday at 11:15.

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.