GP of Texas news update

Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tex., will host the first race of the 2001 American Le Mans Series season, the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas, on March 3-4. ** PANOZ ENTERS THIRD PROTOTYPE -- Panoz Motor Sports has entered a third ...

Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tex., will host the first race of the 2001 American Le Mans Series season, the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas, on March 3-4.

** PANOZ ENTERS THIRD PROTOTYPE -- Panoz Motor Sports has entered a third Prototype race car in the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas. The new entry, which will carry number 49, will be driven by Jay Cochran of Palm Beach, Fla., and a driver to be named. Cochran will be one of the drivers for Westward Racing Group, a new team that will campaign Panoz LMP cars in the European Le Mans Series in 2001.

** MURRY TO MISS TEXAS RACE -- David Murry, who was to debut in the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas with the new Kelly-Moss team, will have to miss the event for medical reasons. Christophe Bouchut of France will substitute for him in the team's Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Murry said on Thursday that he requires surgery to have a growth on one of his kidneys removed, but that he plans to be back in action for the Mar. 17 Sebring event. Anthony Lazzaro will co-drive with Bouchut, while a second Kelly-Moss car will be co-driven by Cort Wagner and Rick Polk.

** RICE JOINS CALLAWAY TEAM -- ALMS veteran Vic Rice of San Rafael, Calif., has been named to co-drive with Shane Lewis in the new Aspen Knolls Racing Callaway C12 R GT machine. Rice finished fifth in the GTS class standings of the ALMS last year. The new Callaway car is being finished in Germany and is expected to arrive at Texas Motor Speedway in time for the event.

** AMERICAN VIPER NAMES TWO MORE DRIVERS -- American Viper Racing has named Erik Messley of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Neil Hanneman of Lake Orion, Mich., to drive its second Dodge Viper GTS-R in the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas. The team, which ran one race last year as Patriot Motorsports, has reformed as American Viper and will field two cars in all ALMS events. Team owner Tom Weickardt will co-drive with Joe Ellis in the other team car.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Shane Lewis , David Murry , Anthony Lazzaro , Christophe Bouchut , Vic Rice , Tom Weickardt , Joe Ellis , Erik Messley , Rick Polk , Jay Cochran , Cort Wagner