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Petit Le Mans Grand Marshal Contest in Honor of Panoz

Road Atlanta to select fan to serve as grand marshal for 21st annual Motul Petit Le Mans…

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Road Atlanta will honor the late Don Panoz by having a fan serve as the grand marshal for next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans.

The race, which closes out the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, will be the first without former track owner and American Le Mans Series founder Panoz, who passed away earlier this month following a battle with cancer.

Panoz served as grand marshal for last year’s 20th anniversary event, which he had founded in 1998.

Owing to Panoz’s “For the Fans” legacy, Road Atlanta has launched a contest to select the grand marshal, with fans asked to submit entries, in 350 words or less, describing the impact Panoz or his contributions to Motul Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta and sports car racing, had on themselves.

Entries, submitted to, will be accepted until Friday, with the winner selected on Oct. 3.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Larry

    September 24, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I can dig this. He did originate the “for the fans” slogan so this is quite fitting.

    BTW, ;ast year was the 20th running. This year is the 20th anniversary.

    This was brought up at the meetings last year. The 1st running was not the 1st anniversary. The 2nd running was the first anniversary and so forth, so the 21st running, this year, is the 20th anniversary.

  2. Jenner

    September 24, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I think Dr Panoz would be very happy that one of his race fans is the Grand Marshall of his race.

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