BRASELTON, Georgia (October 10, 2018) – With the North American motorsports calendar racing to a close, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series will cap off an incredible season with the annual visit to Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans race weekend.
AERO Sustainable Paint Technology will once again be showcased this weekend as several teams will look to add to the win count on the season with a big result in the ten-hour main event on Saturday. Road Atlanta’s 2.54-mile circuit is fast, unforgiving, and a joy to experience for the driver, who gets to loop through an impressive stretch of pavement that threads through the hard-packed Georgia clay landscape.
With three classes (Prototype, GTLM, and GTD) all competing on the same track at the same time but with very different lap and cornering speeds—not to mention different goals—the race is one that rewards the right mix of patience and pace.
AERO’s lightweight paint applications, which offer an incredible environmental advantage compared to traditional paint, also give teams a tough outer barrier that provides an added aerodynamic advantage as well as providing level-setting depth of color.
BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will return to the fray sitting sixth and eighth in the IMSA GTLM Championship. Bill Auberlen will once again join Connor De Phillippe and Alexander Sims in the No. 25 RLL BMW M8 GTE with the No. 24 RLL BMW M8 GTE driven by John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert.
After getting off to a frustrating start to the year, the team is now aiming to earn its third consecutive win of the season after scoring victories at both Virginia International Raceway and WeatherTech Laguna Seca.
There is momentum in this event as well, as RLL Racing claimed the 2017 edition of Petit Le Mans in the 20th running of the race. The BMW M8 GTE, which has worn AERO Sustainable Paint through its inaugural season, will continue its progress this weekend.
“The last two wins have come from really careful fuel management and a great job by the drivers,” said Team Owner, Bobby Rahal. “Winning the race last year was a tremendous achievement for ourselves and for BMW. Just like any race, we will have to stay out of trouble and be smart. If we can do that, I think we have a shot at getting back-to-back wins there as well as winning the third in a row for the BMW M8 GTE. Obviously, we are pretty excited and hopeful that we can have a weekend like we did last year.”
Also going after the Petit Le Mans victory will be fellow AERO equipped GTLM team, Corvette Racing. Adding to the team’s already established AERO advantage, its lineup will not disappoint either. The No. 3 of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia will also be joined by the No. 4 of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner; with Marcel Fassler slated to drive in both team cars.
Magnussen currently holds the longest consecutive streak of starts in the Petit Le Mans event with 20 consecutive outings in the race, more than any other driver. Gavin has his own bragging rights, with six career victories at Road Atlanta, five of which were competing at the Motul Petit Le Mans.
AERO squad Scuderia Corsa brings a bolstered line up once again as IMSA stages the final round of the 2018 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship, which has attracted the added entry of No. 64 Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, and Frankie Montecalvo. The team will also hope that the three-driver line up of Cooper MacNeil, Daniel Serra and Gunnar Jeannette can power MacNeil to third in the championship standings with the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3.
"We have to go for the win," MacNeil said. "I can finish the season and have a chance to walk across the banquet stage Sunday night and celebrate a top-three points finish. We have had an up and down year, so closing it out with a win and getting points for a third-place championship finish would be great."
The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will also stage its final race of the season during the Fox Factory 120 on Friday. Compass Racing will hold the AERO advantage amongst the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge field with his brightly colored four car line up.
Running the field in the TCR championship, Compass Racing has a staggering record this season with the team’s three TCR entries currently 1-2-3 in the TCR championship standing. The team holds seven victories, 16 podiums and five pole positions this season and is only looking to add to that impressive list this weekend.
The No. 77 of Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long are leading the TCR championship by five points over the team’s sister No. 74 car of Kuno Wittmer and Rodrigo Sales while Pierre Kleinubing and Roy Block sit third with the No. 75.
Team principal Karl Thomson has declared there will be “…no team orders…” when it comes to determining the championship, so it is all to play for.
The team will also have its McLaren entry in the GS field driven by Matt Plumb and Nico Rondet.
Also doing battle in GS class competition will be the No. 39 Carbahn Motorsports Audi R8 of Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal, who enter the weekend on the high of a podium in the most recent round at Laguna Seca with the seriously slick looking AERO-liveried Audi.
With multiple championships on the line, teams are hoping to not only stand on the podium for the season ending race, but for the overall championship. The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race is set for Friday 1:25pm ET with the Motul Petit Le Mans going green on Saturday at 11:05am ET.