Mid-Ohio: MBD Sportcars preview

MBD Sportscars is back to two car action at Mid-Ohio. June 28, 2002 Lexington, OH - The MBD Sportscar Team is back to two car action at this weekend's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington,...

MBD Sportscars is back to two car action at Mid-Ohio.

June 28, 2002 Lexington, OH - The MBD Sportscar Team is back to two car action at this weekend's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Sunday, June 30 race can be seen live on the Speed Channel beginning at 2:00pm EST.

MBD will once again field their two Panoz/Mugen 07's, as they had done at the season opener in Sebring and for the second round of the series championship at Sears Point. For the team's last challenge just two weekends ago - the 24 Hours of Le Mans - only one of the MBD LMP 900's was entered. The re-appearance of the second car also marks the return of the much-missed Scott Maxwell.

Piloting the team's #17 entry will be the driving duo of Milka Duno and Scott Maxwell. In the #18 red, white and gold prototype you'll find Didier de Radigues and John Graham sharing driving duties.

After completing a full twenty-two hours of the man vs. machine battle that is Le Mans, the MBD crew is battle-honed and steadfast in their resolve to achieve a good result at the Ohio circuit - a circuit that has become a favorite of many drivers.

"I'm very happy to be here, and because I had a win here last year - it's become of of my favorite tracks for sure," said Didier de Radigues. "Last year was my first time here and I think it is a very nice track. The guys have worked very hard on the car, but like all the other teams that raced at Le Mans, we didn't have much time. We had to transport the car from Le Mans back to the race shop in Canada and then to here - so I think the crew has done the best they can in a short time. I know that we've improved a lot by virtue of competing at Le Mans. We have learned a lot more about the car - and that's a really good thing. We are a step forward since the Sears Point Race."

"I like this track very much, it's very technical and very challenging," says Milka Duno. "I'm looking forward to driving with Scott again. I feel that Scott and I have similar styles and we both like the car set up the same way. When he feels something in the car, normally I feel it too. Scott's very good at setting up the car. Also, I'm back in my original car since the car we used at Le Mans was John and Didier's - so I'm very comfortable for this race."

"Now that Le Mans is behind us we can concentrate once again on the IMSA cup - and I believe that we are building a team and a car that has an opportunity for a very good result in this championship," says #18 pilot John Graham. "Mid-Ohio is one of the toughest circuits from a physical point of view and I look forward to the challenge."

The team took to the track for the first time today. Saturday's activities include a morning practice session and afternoon qualifying session. On Sunday, the team will have a morning warm up with a checkered flag waving at 2:00pm EST.

Joining the ALMS with supporting race activities this week will be the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup, the Star Mazda Series, the Formula Ford 200 Zetec Championship and the Speed Channel World Challenge Series.

For more insight on the MBD team, please access www.mbdsportscars.com. Additional information on Milka Duno is available to you at www.milkaduno.com and on Didier de Radigues at www.deradigues.net.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Milka Duno , Didier de Radigues , John Graham , Scott Maxwell