Young star Milner completes Multimatic Panoz ALMS roster Young American GT racer Tom Milner has been signed to complete the Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz driver roster for the 2006 American Le Mans Series. The 20-year-old former BMW Team...
Young star Milner completes Multimatic Panoz ALMS roster
Young American GT racer Tom Milner has been signed to complete the Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz driver roster for the 2006 American Le Mans Series.
The 20-year-old former BMW Team PTG driver will join forces with fellow American young gun Gunnar Jeannette in the #51 Panoz Esperante GTLM.
Renowned international sportscar racer David Brabham and long-time Multimatic factory driver Scott Maxwell are partnered in the #50 Panoz.
Milner drove full-time for BMW Team PTG in the 2005 Rolex GT Series after making his sportscar debut late in 2004 at Virginia International Raceway with the same squad.
The son of PTG team President and namesake, Tom Milner, the younger Milner actually drove with Gunnar Jeannette in his maiden GT outing - now they are team-mates at Panoz.
Having only previously competed in Formula BMW, Milner actually clinched the pole in his first ever sportscar race.
Milner is also no stranger to the Multimatic team, having filled in for Scott Maxwell last year at Mosport aboard a Grand-Am Cup GS Ford Mustang FR500C racer. While Maxwell was competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Panoz, Milner stepped in and drove with James Gue to grab a podium finish - passing Terry Borcheller's BMW on the final lap.
"Moving to Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz offers a great opportunity to drive for a different team after two years with PTG," Milner said.
"I am really looking forward to the challenge. For me it is a new car, a new series and a chance to experience a different approach to racing.
"It will be quite strange to drive against Dad's team, especially after testing both the Panoz and BMW at the recent Sebring test. The plan is certainly to give BMW, Porsche, Lexus and Ferrari all a hard time - and I am sure they will be doing the same in return, especially the PTG guys.
"I was very impressed with the Panoz at Sebring. It has excellent power and I can't wait to get back in the car and complete our preparations for Sebring."
Multimatic Vice President and Motorsports Technical Director, Larry Holt, believes his new 2006 Panoz squad has the perfect blend of youth and experience.
"We have worked very hard to bring together everything we need to challenge for the championship and our outstanding driver line-up certainly fills me with confidence," Holt said.
"Young Tom made a very big impression on our guys at Mosport last year and he continues to show exceptional raw speed.
"I believe he and Gunnar are two of the most talented young road racers in North America and teaming them with Brabs and Scotty's experience is an ideal combination.
"The entire team is really looking forward to the opening round of the championship. We were delighted with the recent Sebring test because our main aim there was to ensure the car was reliable.
"Not only did it run flawlessly throughout the test, the car was also very fast. Speed wasn't our target but I'll always take a lap record.
"However, we are not about to rest on our laurels, the competition in the GT2 class this year is going to be fierce and we know we will have a big fight on our hands."
Multimatic is a privately held Canadian corporation supplying components, systems and services to the global automotive industry. The company is headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, and has operating divisions in North America and Europe with partners in Asia, South America and Australia.
Multimatic specializes in the manufacture of stampings, welded assemblies, mechanisms, and suspension components, as well as the design and development of automotive body and chassis systems. Multimatic uses advanced technologies to achieve outstanding product quality, delivery and functional performance.
The Panoz Esperante is a high performance handcrafted limited production sports car built in Braselton, Georgia by Panoz Auto Development Company (PADC).
The racing version of the car, known as the GTLM, has been developed for FIA/ACO GT2 competition by Elan Motorsports Technologies with chassis engineering and manufacturing support from Multimatic.