Mosport: Panoz Motor Sports qualifying notes

Panoz begins fightback after all night repair at Mosport. Panoz Motor Sports may have suffered a disappointing day in qualifying at Mosport today, but the team had their own personal victory by ensuring both cars made it on track. More than...

Panoz begins fightback after all night repair at Mosport.

Panoz Motor Sports may have suffered a disappointing day in qualifying at Mosport today, but the team had their own personal victory by ensuring both cars made it on track.

More than 10 of the Panoz team faced an all-night repair job on the #50 car after yesterday's practice crash, the team just making it back onto the circuit in the final moments of today's first session.

The team replaced the entire rear of the car - virtually everything from the driver backwards after Jan Magnussen struck the tire wall in yesterday's damp conditions.

David Brabham pulled out a solid lap of 1:09.213 early in the qualifying session, but was held up by a spun car and later suffered his own spin later in the session.

"We lost a bit of track time from the crash yesterday which hasn't helped, but you have to hand it to the guys in getting the car back on track," Brabham said.

"Most of our crew still haven't been to bed. You couldn't find a more committed bunch of guys.

"The car is quite strong, but it is still a little loose in the rear. We have made a few changes today, but there is still some time to be found.

"We now have to put our heads down and concentrate on the race tomorrow." Bill Auberlen suffered a crash in qualifying which limited his track time, leaving the #51 car he will share with Bryan Herta back in position eight on the grid.

"I am pretty disappointed, but at least I was able to get one qualifying lap in before the accident," Auberlen said.

"I came through turn two and pushed a little harder and had a bit of understeer. I tried to get the car turned, but it just slithered off the track and hit the tire wall.

"It ripped the splitter off, but luckily there wasn't a lot of other damage. It is tough for the guys, especially after what they have gone through overnight with the #50 car."

Televised on NBC, tomorrow's 2 hour, 45 minute race kicks off at 1.00pm

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