Rebellion Racing will return to Road Atlanta for the 15th edition of Petit Le Mans, the final round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series season. The team made its Petit debut last year, where the Swiss team secured fifth-place overall and was the best-finishing rookie team in the event.
Rebellion will field only one car for this event. During the Petit Le Mans week, the team's two other Lola-Toyota cars and their equipment will be being transported from Japan to China, the venues for the two last rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Lola-Toyota LMP1 car to be entered at Petit is the team's third chassis, the one that is usually kept as a spare. The car will be a full 2012 specification car, the same as the ones the team is running in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but with minor adjustments to the overall weight and engine restrictor to bring it into line with the other LMP1s racing in the ALMS.
The Lola-Toyota LMP1 will have three drivers, Neel Jani, Nicolas Prost and Andrea Belicchi. It's the same trio that drove together for the team at Petit last year.
With factory prototype entries from Audi and Toyota out of the running, Rebellion's singular goal is the overall win. The field is projected to only have three or four P1 entries with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and Dyson Racing's two full-season cars, and the second, older Dyson Lola-Mazda coupe is yet to be confirmed.
The logistics challenge for the team is massive, as Petit Le Mans will be held between two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Japan and China, the three races being on three consecutive weekends in October, but the team's preparations are well underway, as the third Lola-Toyota car was built before the Silverstone FIA WEC event.