BRASELTON, Ga. – The Nissan DeltaWing has completed three successful evening test sessions at Road Atlanta in preparation for its American race debut next month at Petit Le Mans.
Reigning American Le Mans Series PC class champion Gunnar Jeannette and inaugural Nissan GT Academy winner and 24 Hours of Le Mans podium finisher Lucas Ordoñez completed three consecutive days of twilight running at the 2.54 mile Georgia circuit to prepare for their upcoming Nissan DeltaWing race debuts.
“After my first laps in the Nissan DeltaWing at Road Atlanta I am really excited about getting to Petit Le Mans week,” said Jeannette. “The car is a real joy to drive and it is a new challenge that I am really enjoying. I am really looking forward to getting to race time.”
Originally unveiled at Petit Le Mans last year, the Nissan DeltaWing will race in the US for the first time next month in the final round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on October 20.
First run in 1998, Petit Le Mans is regarded as one of the world’s premiere endurance events with teams doing battle over 1000 miles or 10 hours – whichever comes first.
Ordoñez and Jeannette completed a total of 170 development laps during the nine hours of running spread over the three days at Road Atlanta – completing 432 miles.
The team worked on updated development suspension components as well as tire development for team partner Michelin which supplies tires for the unique car including the amazingly narrow 4-inch wide front tires.