Mid-Ohio: Panoz announces Franchitti to driver lineup

New Panoz Esperante GTLM Factory Team Driver Franchitti Looks Forward To ALMS Season Braselton, Ga., (June 27, 2005) - Fresh from the Le Mans debut of the Bank of Scotland Corporate Panoz Esperante GTLM factory team, newly appointed team...

New Panoz Esperante GTLM Factory Team Driver Franchitti Looks Forward To ALMS Season

Braselton, Ga., (June 27, 2005) - Fresh from the Le Mans debut of the Bank of Scotland Corporate Panoz Esperante GTLM factory team, newly appointed team pilot Marino Franchitti is champing at the bit to rejoin his driving partner Bryan Sellers and head to New England for the July 4, New England Grand Prix.

"I trained hard for Le Mans", said Franchitti. "The weather was terribly hot there. In between the Le Mans test day and the 24 Hours, I went back to Scotland and suited up in winter gear to run in the mountains near home. I figured I should practice working up a good sweat, because the predicted temperatures for race day at Le Mans were in the nineties.

But I really feel for the guys on the Bank of Scotland Panoz Esperante team. No sooner did they fly home but they had to turn around our car and the number 50 Esperante GTLM of Bill Auberlen and Robin Liddell. The guys worked all this past weekend to rebuild the cars after Le Mans and get us ready for Lime Rock. I can't thank them enough. It's a dream for me to be an official member of the Panoz factory team. Despite leaving the race early at Le Mans, we learned a lot about endurance that'll help us meet the Porsche challenge over the course of the remaining seven American Le Mans Series (ALMS) races."

Franchitti was appointed to the Bank of Scotland Panoz Esperante GTLM team just prior to Le Mans. He did two ALMS races with the team in 2004 and stood in for an injured Bill Auberlen in the team's No 50 entry at the last ALMS round of Mid-Ohio in May, 2005.

In addition to Bank of Scotland Corporate, the Panoz Esperante GTLM factory racing team is proud to receive support from Pirelli racing tires, Elan Power Products, Multimatic, 3-Dimensional Services, Diablo Grande Award- Winning Wines, BBS wheels, Sparco driver gear, and Bosch sparkplugs and engine management systems.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Robin Liddell , Bill Auberlen , Marino Franchitti , Bryan Sellers