The Start Of The 20th Petit Le Mans Was Chaos With Penske Taken Out By Wreck

It’s the 20th anniversary of the running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, and not quite 20 minutes into the race, the overall leader, Team Penske’s not-Acura-yet prototype was taken out by the lead car in the GTD class, the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari. The moist track was blamed, because moist things are always causing trouble.

Advertisement

It was a lousy way to start off a return to Petit Le Mans for Penske, who hasn’t been in the race for almost a decade.

Later in the race, the No. 52 prototype driven by Jose Gutierrez used a gravel trap like a ramp and flew into the tire barrier:

Luckily, Gutierrez was fine.

Never a dull moment in racing, right?

CORRECTION [7/8]: Penske isn’t quite running their Acura yet. That’s still coming next year.

Share This Story

About the author

Jason Torchinsky

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)