The 15th running of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is slated for this weekend, and there promises to be plenty of exciting racing in the last event of the American Le Mans Series. Despite being dropped from the World Endurance Championship in favor of the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the field of cars remains bountiful thanks to the European Le Mans Series joining in and making the 10-hour endurance race its series finale as well.

To set the starting order for tomorrow's race, each of the teams ran a 15 minute qualifying session this afternoon split up by class.

In P1 the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota qualified on pole, just ahead of the Muscle Milk Racing HPD ARX-03a that has dominated the class in ALMS this year. Rebillion Racing finished 5th in last year's event and are looking to add a victory at Petit Le Mans to their extensive list of wins already achieved this year.

In the hotly contested GT class it was a pair of Extreme Speed Ferrari 458 Italias leading the way in a 1-2, followed by BMW and Corvette. The SRT Viper team, constantly improving since their debut at Mid-Ohio, qualified in 6th and 10th.

After being extensively repaired from Wednesday's crash, the Nissan DeltaWing posted a qualifying time on par with the P2 class, netting a fast lap of 1:12.850, eight-tenths off the quickest P2 car.

Check out the complete list of qualifying times here (PDF), and check out our photos from the practice and qualifying sessions in the gallery above.


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      JimCeezAll
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don't they put the Delta Wing in the back of the P2 class. It'll be fitting traffic that is 7 sec. per lap slower. I feel this is an accident waiting to happen. If it started at the back of P2 then it could run with cars it's equal. Dangerous decision.
        carboy55
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JimCeezAll
        Hey, all you downers... I just read DeltaWing finished 5th and might have been p2 or 3 had they not been denied any wave arounds. 7 second a lap? They qualified with a 1:12
          Carma Racing
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          The reason some are down on it is because it is an inferior concept that has special allowances allowing it to compete. You could put a turbo Hyabusa engine in a DSR and it would kill the Deltawing for a fraction of the cost - and not look stupid (my opinion on the stupid part)
      dadslife83
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I know how to keep the DeltaWing from getting (ahem) clipped on the track. Turn off the rear headlights. Virtually all racers have the command "Headlights... clear!" deeply ingrained. Mistaking the rear headlights for the front lights could be a possibility.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand why they would put the Deltawing at the back of the pack and then expects it to make it through tons of traffic to actually compete with the rest of P2 class. The fact that it is so much faster than the rest of the GT class means it has to work through tons of traffic just to get there. Not a very smart regulation by the organizers.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, but who will be televising this race?
        fuzzyfish6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lasertekk
        Dunno about tv (I'm not in America) but alms.com will be streaming the entire race and will have a rebroadcast a few days later.
        carboy55
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lasertekk
        ABC doing a two hour show at 1 eastern.
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