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IndyCar champion to compete in Petit Le Mans on Saturday at Road Atlanta
Patrick Long drives his CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. - photo by Rainier Ehrhardt

Start your engines.

It’s time for 10 hours of racing at Road Atlanta as the 2016 Petit Le Mans gets going with the championship race beginning at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday.

Drivers in four different classes — Prototypes, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona — will take to the track in vehicles from Mazadas and Chevrolets to Ferraris, Porsches, Vipers and Lamborghinis. Winners in each class will receive an automatic invitation to the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans event.

One of those drivers chasing a place in the 24-hour event will be newly-crowned IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud, who joins Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette Daytona Prototype car. Pagenaud will team with drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran.

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