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Entry List: 20th Running of the Motul Petit Le Mans

This weekend, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to an end at Road Atlanta in Georgia.  39 cars in four classes will battle for glory.

In the Prototype class, the biggest story of the race is the appearance of Team Penske. They’ll run an ORECA 07-Gibson with big names behind the wheel.  Juan Pablo Montoya, who will drive an Acura ARX-05 for the team full-time in 2018, will be joined by INDYCAR veterans Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud.  The entry is nothing more than a dry run for the team before going full-time.

REBELLION Racing is back for their third appearance of the season.  However, they have a revised driver lineup for this weekend.  Porsche factory racer Neel Jani is not in the car so that he can focus on the upcoming 6 Hours of Fuji.  Driving in his place is American racer Gustavo Menezes.

Additional endurance drivers in the fold include Filipe Albuquerque in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 (soon to be a full-time driver), Mike Conway in Action Express Racing’s No. 31, Brendon Hartley in Tequila Patron ESM’s No. 2 and Bruno Senna in the No. 22.

Julien Canal, who drives full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Valliante REBELLION, will serve as PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ third driver this weekend.  It will be his first start outside of the WEC in the United States since 2012.

For Prototype Challenge, Saturday will be the final race for the ORECA FLM09-Chevrolets in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Three teams have posted entries.  Performance Tech Motorsports is going for the season sweep, but BAR1 Motorsports will do everything in their power to prevent that.

GT Le Mans has the normal nine entries, but everyone has brought their endurance third drivers into the fold.  For the Porsche GT Team, that means the return of Nick Tandy (No. 911) and Earl Bamber (No. 912) to competition.  Both drivers were full-time with the team last year before being tapped to drive Porsche’s 919 Hybrid in the WEC.

For Risi Competizione, there is a change in their lineup.  James Calado, who drove for the team at Daytona and Sebring, has been replaced by Alessandro Pier Guidi.

INDYCAR veterans Sébastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon are back with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. Additionally, former Audi factory racers Marcel Fässler and Mike Rockenfeller return to Corvette Racing.

A batch of part-time drivers are in play in GT Daytona.  Austin Cindric takes a break from the Camping World Truck Series playoffs to race for 3GT Racing in their No. 15 Lexus.  Trent Hindman, who made his GT Daytona debut at VIR for Riley Motorsports, will drive the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini. Justin Marks is also back in the Turner Motorsport BMW.

Finally, there are a couple of extra teams in the fold in GT Daytona.  Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, which finished second in class at Daytona earlier this year, is back for their third start of the year.  Connor De Phillippi and Christopher Mies are back for another go-round along with a driver to be announced.  Alex Job Racing is also back for the last of the endurance rounds.


Entry List: Motul Petit Le Mans

Prototype2 - Tequila Patron ESMRyan Dalziel
Brendon Hartley
Scott Sharp
Nissan DPi
GT Le Mans3 - Corvette RacingAntonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Le Mans4 - Corvette RacingMarcel Fässler
Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
Prototype5 - Action Express RacingFilipe Albuquerque
Joao Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prototype6 - Team PenskeHelio Castroneves
Juan Pablo Montoya
Simon Pagenaud
ORECA 07-Gibson
Prototype10 - Wayne Taylor RacingRyan Hunter-Reay
Jordan Taylor
Ricky Taylor
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prototype13 - REBELLION RacingMathias Beche
Nick Heidfeld
Gustavo Menezes
ORECA 07-Gibson
GT Daytona14 - 3GT RacingRobert Alon
Ian James
Sage Karam
Lexus RCF GT3
GT Daytona15 - 3GT RacingAustin Cindric
Jack Hawksworth
Scott Pruett
Lexus RCF GT3
GT Daytona16 - Change RacingCorey Lewis
Jeroen Mul
Brett Sandberg
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Prototype Challenge20 - BAR1 MotorsportsDaniel Burkett
Buddy Rice
Don Yount
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
Prototype22 - Tequila Patron ESMPipo Derani
Bruno Senna
Johannes van Overbeek
Nissan DPi
GT Daytona23 - Alex Job RacingTownsend Bell
Frankie Montecalvo
Bill Sweedler
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans24 - BMW Team RLLNicky Catsburg
John Edwards
Martin Tomczyk
GT Le Mans25 - BMW Team RLLBill Auberlen
Alexander Sims
Kuno Wittmer
Prototype Challenge26 - BAR1 MotorsportsTomy Drissi
John Falb
Garret Grist
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
GT Daytona28 - Alegra MotorsportsMichael Christensen
Michael de Quesada
Daniel Morad
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona29 - Montaplast by Land-MotorsportConnor De Phillippi
Christopher Mies
Sheldon van der Linde
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Prototype31 - Action Express RacingDane Cameron
Mike Conway
Eric Curran
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona33 - Riley MotorsportsJeroen Bleekemolen
Mario Farnbacher
Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype Challenge38 - Performance Tech MotorsportsJames French
Kyle Masson
Pato O'Ward
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
GT Daytona48 - Paul Miller RacingTrent Hindman
Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona50 - WeatherTech RacingGunnar Jeannette
Patrick Long
Cooper MacNeil
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Prototype52 - PR1/Mathiasen MotorsportsJulien Canal
José Gutierrez
Olivier Pla
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GT Daytona54 - CORE autosportJon Bennett
Colin Braun
Nic Jonsson
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona57 - Stevenson MotorsportsLawson Aschenbach
Matt Bell
Andrew Davis
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans62 - Risi CompetizioneGiancarlo Fisichella
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GT Daytona63 - Scuderia CorsaAlessandro Balzan
Matteo Cressoni
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GT3
GT Le Mans66 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingSébastien Bourdais
Joey Hand
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GT Le Mans67 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingRyan Briscoe
Scott Dixon
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
GT Daytona73 - Park Place MotorsportsJörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Matt McMurry
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona75 - SunEnergy1 RacingKenny Habul
Tristan Vautier
Dion von Moltke
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype85 - JDC/Miller MotorSportsMisha Goikhberg
Chris Miller
Stephen Simpson
ORECA 07-Gibson
GT Daytona86 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianTom Dyer
Oswaldo Negri Jr.
Jeff Segal
Acura NSX GT3
Prototype90 - Visit Florida RacingJonathan Bomarito
Marc Goossens
Renger van der Zande
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GT Daytona93 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAndy Lally
Katherine Legge
Mark Wilkins
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona96 - Turner MotorsportJens Klingmann
Jesse Krohn
Justin Marks
GT Le Mans911 - Porsche GT TeamPatrick Pilet
Nick Tandy
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Le Mans912 - Porsche GT TeamEarl Bamber
Gianmaria Bruni
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR

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