Panoz begins comeback after early damage on Miami streets.
The Panoz Motor Sport crew fought back today from two practice crashes to qualifying sixth and seventh for tomorrow's Cadillac American Le Mans Series Challenge at Miami's Grand Prix Americas.
Jan Magnussen and David Brabham's day got off to a bad start when Magnussen was an innocent victim of a crash in the opening minutes of the first practice session. The Dane struck the back of a Saleen after the GTS driver crashed in front of the Panoz.
The #50 car missed that session as well as the second practice session while the car was repaired. Hard work by the Panoz crew enabled the car to get back on track for qualifying.
The #51 car of Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen also suffered damage in the second practice session with Herta damaging the right rear suspension after contact with the wall.
Herta qualified as the fastest Panoz machine, stopping the clocks at 1:07.603.
"We had an OK day on the #51 car, we struggled with set-up but made good gains everytime we hit the track but we still haven't had much track time yet," Herta said.
"We're still not really where we want to be, but we will make some more changes overnight to try to improve it for the race tomorrow.
"The track is very tight and extremely slippery and the secret tomorrow will not be outright speed, but being about to get through the traffic unscathed."
Despite missing most of the day's action, Magnussen was only slightly slower at 1:07.651.
"Losing all that track time really hurt our progress today," Magnussen said.
"This morning's crash was pretty unlucky. I was following the Saleen, he crashed and I had nowhere to go and hit the back of the car at about 60km/h.
"We did a fair amount of damage and the guys had a tough job to get the car back on track. I have to hand it to our crew, these guys just don't know how to quit.
"It will be really tough on Brabs because he hasn't done a lap yet. He will do most of the warm-up tomorrow to get a feel for the track before the race."