Trois-Rivieres: JML Team Panoz preview

JML Team Panoz ready for Trois Rivieres street fight It is the oldest street race in North America and JML Team Panoz is keen to add its name to the record books this weekend at Trois Rivieres in Canada for round four of the 2003 American Le...

JML Team Panoz ready for Trois Rivieres street fight

It is the oldest street race in North America and JML Team Panoz is keen to add its name to the record books this weekend at Trois Rivieres in Canada for round four of the 2003 American Le Mans Series.

This weekend is the first of two Canadian races on the schedule with the teams headed to Mosport near Toronto in two weeks time.

JML will present a revised driver line-up for the Canadian leg with team endurance regular and local hero Scott Maxwell returning to the driver's seat.

Maxwell drove with the team at Sebring and Le Mans and faces a busy three week schedule. In between the two ALMS races, Maxwell will make his Winston Cup debut aboard the Petty Enterprises #43 car at Watkins Glen.

With Trois Rivieres being in the heart of French speaking Quebec, JML will pair up its two French speaking drivers - Monaco's two time ALMS GTS champion, Olivier Beretta, and ex-Formula 3000 star, Belgian, David Saelens.

Maxwell will team up with JML Team Panoz young gun Gunnar Jeannette who starred this year at Le Mans - driving the final leg of the race to hold off European sportscar experts Jean-Marc Gounon and Jan Lammers to take 5th place.

Teams in the American Le Mans Series will do battle for an additional 15 minutes at the Quebec circuit with this weekend's round staged over three hours, rather than the standard 2 hour, 45 minute sprint race distance.

SCOTT MAXWELL

"I am really looking forward to getting back in the Panoz for the Candian races - it is going to be a lot of fun racing in front of the home fans."

"I really enjoyed the races I did at Sebring and Le Mans and to do the Candian events is fantastic for me."

"I certainly have a busy little strech coming up with the Winston Cup race in the middle of the two American Le Mans Series outings, but I am really looking forward to it."

"Trois Rivieres is a really tough race because passing opportunities are very limited and there is a lot of concrete surrounding the circuit."

"You can't afford to make any mistakes because that can be very costly. This is extremely tough in sportscar racing where you have to share the track with the other classes."

GUNNAR JEANNETTE

"Teaming up with Scott and taking advantage of his local knowledge is going to be a real plus for me because this will be the first time I have raced at Trois Rivieres and Mosport."

"The Trois Rivieres race has a great history and am really keen to do well here. This will be the first street race I have done in the Panoz and I really looking forward to the experience."

"The Panoz cars struggled a little bit here last year, but the JML team has done a lot of improvements on the cars and I am confident we will be a lot more competitive in 2003."

"The cirucit looks like a lot of fun and I really can't wait to get out there on Friday."

OLIVIER BERETTA

"This will be my first time to Trois Rivieres and to have David and myself - two French speaking drivers in a French-speaking part of the world - should be a bit of fun."

"Street races are always very demanding, but I am looking forwad to seeing the track and getting out there on Friday."

"We battled really hard with our gear shifting problem at Infineon Raceway and hopefully we will have a trouble free run this weekend."

"The team has been working very hard on improving the cars and we are getting closer all the time."

DAVID SAELENS

"Like all the tracks in the American Le Mans Series, this will be my first time here at Trois Rivieres."

"I am going to take a good look at the circuit in the rental car and on foot today in preparation for practice tomorrow."

"I was very pleased to get my first race finish for JML at Infineon Raceway and was personally very satisfied to bring the car from the back of the grid to actually lead the class at one stage."

"I am feeling a lot more comfortable in the car but I still feel I can get more out of the car on new Michelin tires - there is still more speed to come from me."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jan Lammers , Scott Maxwell , Gunnar Jeannette , Jean-Marc Gounon , Olivier Beretta