Don Panoz hails Adelaide success

Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz has praised South Australia as the home of Australian motorsport after attending his first ever event on the streets of Adelaide on the weekend. Panoz was a guest at the V8 Supercar Clipsal 500, getting a...

Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz has praised South Australia as the home of Australian motorsport after attending his first ever event on the streets of Adelaide on the weekend.

Panoz was a guest at the V8 Supercar Clipsal 500, getting a glimpse of what the action will be like when the Le Mans Series visits Australia on new year's eve this year for Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years.

The American entrepreneur is now eagerly awaiting the end of the year after witnessing first hand the level of expertise of Adelaide organisers and the passion for motorsport displayed by race fans.

"I had watched videos, talked to people and seen photos of what this track was like, but nothing can prepare you for what happens here in Adelaide and how professionally everything is run," Mr Panoz said.

"The way that motorsport is supported is a real credit to the people of South Australia and my hat goes off to SA Premier John Olsen for having the foresight to initially bring the V8 race to Adelaide to revive this venue."

The New Year's Eve race will be a six hour event featuring the stars and the cars from the Le Mans Series and captures the mystique, the passion and the history of the Le Mans 24 Hour.

While in Adelaide, Panoz took the opportunity to meet with race organisers, potential sponsors and Government officials including Tourism Minister, Joan Hall.

Mrs Hall last year earned the prestigious honour of being the first woman to start the Le Mans 24 Hour, as well as waving the chequered flag.

"I am very glad Joan took the time to come to Le Mans last year to tell me what a great location Adelaide would make for a Le Mans Series race," Mr Panoz said.

"She painted a pretty exciting picture and once I visited here last year, I was sold on the idea.

"I have been excited about the Race of a Thousand Years for a long time, but I am even more excited now I have seen the magnificent facilities they build here.

"The V8 race is a real credit to the SA Motorsport Board and its management team and I look forward to establishing some great cross-promotion opportunities between our races to further promote the city of Adelaide."

-PAUL RYAN-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ALMS
Drivers Don Panoz