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IMSA Monitoring Hurricane Ian Situation for Petit Le Mans

No change in Motul Petit Le Mans event schedule as of Monday ahead of likely Hurricane Ian impact…

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IMSA will “act accordingly” should Hurricane Ian impact the running of Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale, scheduled for Oct. 1, could be affected if current projections on the storm’s path prove accurate.

While currently a Category 1 hurricane in the Caribbean Sea, meteorologists expect Ian to strengthen to Category 4 over the Gulf of Mexico later this week prior to making landfall in Florida between Wednesday night into Thursday morning, then moving north into Georgia.

Current forecasts call for more than 1.2 inches of rain in Braselton, Ga. on Friday, with a similar amount of precipitation on Saturday.

As of Monday, there are no changes to the event schedule, which sees the two-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge race and WeatherTech Championship qualifying on Friday afternoon, and the ten-hour Petit Le Mans enduro slated to get underway Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET.

“We are monitoring the situation and will act accordingly as needed,” an IMSA spokesperson told Sportscar365.

Sportscar365 understands that the sanctioning body has a contingency plan in place should Saturday be a washout, with the track believed to be available for running on Sunday, which is currently scheduled to be a rest day prior to a three-day IMSA-sanctioned LMDh test that kicks off on Monday.

There is, however, a two-hour quiet period between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET on Sundays per a Hall County ordinance.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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