The Petit Le Mans is a sports car endurance race held yearly at the incredible course at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, that has a simple premise – the first team to complete 1,000 miles over the course of ten hours comes out on top. There are also separate classes designed for different styles of vehicles, and in 2012, the American Le Mans Series factory-backed C6 R Corvette racecars from Corvette Racing and Pratt and Miller Racing entered the event having already wrapped up the American Le Mans Series championship.
With bragging rights on the table against some serious competition, they hit the track in an effort to take home the win in the prestigious GT class. An all-out effort was mounted to try to snag the win against a tough field of stout road performers, including machines from Ferrari and Porsche.
The cars feature a rules-legal modified 5.5L, 491 horsepower LS-style V8 engine that runs on E85 fuel, giving them the horsepower they need to complete an entire event while remaining environmentally-friendly. A road-race-spec Xtrac sequential gearbox aids in power transmission, while the suspension has been completely modified to ALMS rules including coil-over adjustable shock absorbers and a host of other tricks. With a record 81 ALMS wins and 54 1-2 finishes through 2011, the Corvette Racing team has established themselves as one of the teams to beat on the road course.
Drivers Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, and Jordan Taylor along with an accomplished team of support staff pushed the Corvette Racing #3 car to a second-place finish in the season-ending event, with the win going to the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia driven by Johannes Van Overbeek, Scott Sharp, and Toni Vilander by the slim advantage of 31.676 seconds. Check out the video for some awesome behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with many of the folks on the Corvette Racing team. This one’s worth watching in 1080p.