PRACTICE SESSIONS DODGE DEALERS GRAND PRIX AT LIME ROCK LIME ROCK PARK Friday, May 22, 1998 The Visteon Panoz Racing Team had a very good day in today's practice sessions, setting the fastest time in the GT1 class in both the morning and ...
DODGE DEALERS GRAND PRIX AT LIME ROCK LIME ROCK PARK
Friday, May 22, 1998
The Visteon Panoz Racing Team had a very good day in today's practice sessions, setting the fastest time in the GT1 class in both the morning and afternoon. The #4 and #5 Visteon Panoz GTR-1s are running strong and the Visteon Panoz Racing Team is ready for qualifying tomorrow evening.
Andy Wallace, #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1 (morning session): "As we all know, Lime Rock has its fair share of bumps. I've only driven here in a WSC car, and this year I found bumps out there that I never even knew existed. The Visteon Panoz Racing Team is constantly tweaking the car to improve its mannerisms over the bumps. The last corner onto the main straight is important, and we're quite good through there, but the rest of the track causes us to leap around everywhere. We've got a few more practice sessions before qualifying, and we'll just keep working on the Visteon Panoz until it's perfect. It's always the same when you come to a new track, you just tune and tune until everything is right for the race." David Brabham, #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1 (evening session): "Lime Rock is new to me. It's not easy to learn even though it looks fairly simple on a track map. There was lots of oil on the track in this session, so it slowed my learning process. It got better towards the end, but the Visteon Panoz Racing Team was thinking more about the car than we were about the track."
Eric Bernard, #5 Visteon Panoz GTR-1 (both sessions): "In the morning session was good. Lime Rock is not an easy circuit to learn. You need to have a lot of confidence in yourself and in the car. In the afternoon session, there was oil on the track. The session was not linear, and it was difficult to adjust the car under these conditions."
Raul Boesel is running in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 in the #30 Beloit/Fast Rod/Team Losi/McCormack Motorsports G-Force/Aurora and will join the Visteon Panoz Racing Team on Sunday night following the race to co-drive the #5 Visteon Panoz GTR-1 with Eric Bernard.