This weekend is the final race of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, as 39 cars will compete at Road Atlanta for the 20th annual Petit Le Mans. Several IndyCar drivers will be participating in the big event.
Practice begins on Thursday just after 11 AM ET, followed by two more sessions at 3:15 and 7:30. Final practice on Friday starts at 11:40 AM, with qualifying beginning around 4:20 in the afternoon. Coverage for Saturday’s ten-hour race begins at 10:30 AM on FS1. Fox Sports will also have additional content on race day.
In the Prototype class, Team Penske makes their debut in the No. 6 ORECA LMP2, with drivers Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, and Juan Montoya. Earlier today, the team announced that Castroneves would be joining Montoya in the IMSA series full-time next season, ending a 20-year run with the team in open-wheel racing. Helio is expected to partner with Ricky Taylor in the second Acura Team Penske ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international next year.
Also in the Prototype category, is Ryan Hunter-Reay. The Andretti Autosport driver will be joining Ricky and Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi machine. Former IndyCar driver Mike Conway is also in the Prototype class, driving the No. 31 Cadillac for Whelen Engineering Racing.
Brendon Hartley is rumored to be joining fellow New Zealand driver Scott Dixon in an IndyCar at Ganassi next season, but that announcement has not yet been made. Hartley will be part of the Tequila Patron team in the No. 2 Nissan DPi car. Dixon and Ryan Briscoe will team up with Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT for Chip Ganassi in the GT Le Mans class. Sebastien Bourdais will be with Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand in the other car (No. 66) for Ganassi.
GT Daytona features quite a few familiar names, beginning with 3GT Racing. Sage Karam continues in the No. 14 Lexus, while the team’s other car (No. 15) will include Jack Hawksworth, Scott Pruett, and Austin Cindric. Townsend Bell will be in the No. 23 car with Alex Job Racing, driving an Audi R8. Tristan Vautier is with SunEnergy1 Racing in the No. 75 Mercedes AMG, while Katherine Legge is behind the wheel of the No. 93 Acura NSX machine for Michael Shank Racing.
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