Panoz grabs podium finish in tough Mid-Ohio finish. Panoz Motor Sports' attack on the Mid Ohio round of the American Le Mans Series earned the team a podium finish for David Brabham and Jan Magnussen today. The duo finished third in their ...
Panoz grabs podium finish in tough Mid-Ohio finish.
Panoz Motor Sports' attack on the Mid Ohio round of the American Le Mans Series earned the team a podium finish for David Brabham and Jan Magnussen today.
The duo finished third in their "Spirit of America" Panoz LMP-01 Evo, holding out team-mates Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen.
The team were unlucky not to finish with two cars on the podium after the leading Audi of Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello ran out of fuel on the final lap and coasted across the line in 2nd place.
Audi's Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro took the win, passing their team-mates almost in sight of the finish line.
"The balance of the car was quite good in the last couple of days, but today it was a bit loose as the temperature began to rise," Magnussen said.
"We pushed as hard as we can and I actually was in front of Pirro after the last safety car period but I got held up by a slower car and he got by me.
"Audi remains very strong but we just have to keep pushing as hard as we can. With a bit of luck today we could have been 2nd and 3rd or better but we gave it our best shot."
Team-mate David Brabham had a tough start to the race when a fuel mixture knob on the steering wheel came off in his hand on the form-up lap.
"I went to change the mixture on the final lap before the green flag and the knob came off in my hand," Brabham said.
"I had to throw it out of the cockpit and try and change it with the metal stalk that remained, but we eventually changed the steering wheel later at a pit stop."
Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen enjoyed their second successive strong run as a combination, finishing the race in 4th place on the lead lap.
"Like the other car, the balance in the race wasn't as good as we would have liked but we pressed on and came away with a good handful of points," Auberlen said.
"We have certainly closed the gap to Audi this weekend and it was good to have both cars finish on the lead lap after 2 hours and 45 minutes.
"Everybody remains pretty confident and we are looking forward to Road America next week to try to give them an even tougher time."