IMSA Motul Petit Le Mans Fun Facts

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Motul Petit Le Mans, IMSA supplied 20 statistics about drivers, teams and manufacturers that have competed in the famous 10-hour endurance race.

0.172: The closest Motul Petit Le Mans margin of victory (2011- Ken Dobson, Ryan Lewis and Henri Richard won for PR1/Mathiasen in the LMPC class in an ORECA FLM09).

2: Drivers who started the 1998 Motul Petit Le Mans who will be starting this year. Scott Pruett and Bill Auberlen are the drivers who started in 1998 and who will be on the grid this Saturday.

2.709: The average starting position for Motul Petit Le Mans race winners.

3: Drivers who have won both the Motul Petit Le Mans and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road Atlanta (however, none of which came on the same weekend).

3: Drivers in WeatherTech Championship history that have won the Motul Petit Le Mans and class championship in the same year (Patrick Pilet- 2015 GTLM, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi- 2015 Prototype).

3: The amount of pole awards Jeroen Bleekemolen, David Brabham, Jaime Melo and James Weaver have won in Motul Petit Le Mans history. This weekend Dane Cameron, Olivier Pla and Richard Westbrook have the chance to join this leading group.

4: Doyle-Risi Racing, now Risi Competizione, won the first Motul Petit Le Mans in the LM P1 class with a Ferrari 333 SP, as well as the most recent Motul Petit Le Mans in the GTLM class with a Ferrari 488 GTE. Risi has two additional victories at the event from 2008 and 2009 in the GT2 class.

5: The most Motul Petit Le Mans wins by a driver. Oliver Gavin, Jorg Bergmeister, Rinaldo Capello and Sascha Maassen are at the top of the all-time wins list. Jan Magnussen is the only active driver with four wins.

5: Jorg Bergmeister’s five Motul Petit Le Mans wins came consecutively, in the GT class from 2003-04 and in the GT3 class from 2005-07.

6: Of the 13 chassis marques and 14 engine marques that have competed in the Motul Petit Le Mans, six of each will be competing in 2017.

8: The most number of wins by an entrant (Chevrolet Corvette Racing). Alex Job Racing and Risi Competizione are the next closest active entrants with four wins each.

8: Drivers on this year’s Motul Petit Le Mans entry list who won last year’s race.

9: The most lead-lap finishers for any class at the Motul Petit Le Mans (2015- Overall, GTLM).

16: Drivers on the 2017 Motul Petit Le Mans entry list who have won a pole at the event.

19: The highest number of wins by an engine manufacturer (Porsche). In second place are Audi and Chevrolet with 10.

24: Drivers on the 2017 Motul Petit Le Mans entry list who have posted the fastest laps in class at the event.

35: Drivers on the 2017 Motul Petit Le Mans entry list who have won the race in the past.

141: Drivers who have won the Motul Petit Le Mans.

400: Bill Auberlen will be making his 400th career start with BMW this weekend at the Motul Petit Le Mans. He also won the GT3 class pole at the first Motul Petit Le Mans in a BMW M3.

1046.48: The farthest distance (miles) driven in a Motul Petit Le Mans race (2016 Prototype).

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