"Houston we have a problem" Houston - TX (May 12th, 2006) Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz endured a tough time in tonight's Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, Texas with both cars suffering mechanical problems. David Brabham and Scott...
"Houston we have a problem"
Houston - TX (May 12th, 2006) Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz endured a tough time in tonight's Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, Texas with both cars suffering mechanical problems.
David Brabham and Scott Maxwell finished sixth in the GT2 class after enduring delays due to an incorrect tire choice and later suffering a suspension failure.
However, their team-mates Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner were not so fortunate. A broken valve spring eliminated the American young guns after only six laps of the Reliant Park street circuit.
With limited track time in the lead-up to tonight's 2 hour, 45 minute sprint race, the Multimatic squad selected a tire compound which proved too soft for the Texas street circuit.
Scott Maxwell started in the #50 car and soon found himself struggling with a lack of grip. The team pitted early with David Brabham climbing aboard the car and the crew fitting the same Pirelli compound which the Panoz squad used successfully to win the Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Brabham began a comeback -- charging back past the Risi Ferrari as he began to un-lap himself. Unfortunately, the return to form came unstuck with only 26 minutes remaining when the #50 Panoz Esperante GTLM suffered broken rear suspension.
Fast work by the team put Maxwell back on track to complete the final few laps.
"Unfortunately, I made a tire selection that was just too soft," Multimatic Vice President and Motorsports Technical Director, Larry Holt said.
"Pirelli gave us a fantastic compound which worked perfectly at Sebring and once we went back to that tire, the car was incredibly fast. Brabs was actually on the radio saying the Ferrari was holding him up.
"Once he got past, he was able to pull out a gap easily. As things turned out, the bumps eventually took its toll and we broke a part in the rear suspension.
"We put Scotty back in at the end on the right tires and he was super fast as well. We have still come out of here with a few points so it is not a complete disaster.
"Tom and Gunnar were really unlucky. They had a valve spring fail which put them out of action basically before they got the chance to have a real go.
"Mid Ohio should suit our car a lot better next week -- that's what we will focus on now."