PIRELLI TEAMS LOOK TO CONTINUE PODIUM SUCCESSES Panoz Fresh from its First Le Mans Victory, Currently 2 in the ALMS GT2 Title Chase; Aston Martin Continues its Bid to Beatthe Cor vettes LAKEVILLE, Conn., June 28, 2006 Â Both of the ...
PIRELLI TEAMS LOOK TO CONTINUE PODIUM SUCCESSES
Panoz Fresh from its First Le Mans Victory, Currently 2 in the ALMS GT2 Title Chase; Aston Martin Continues its Bid to Beatthe Cor vettes
LAKEVILLE, Conn., June 28, 2006 Both of the Pirelli-shod teams participating in this Saturday's New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, Round 4 of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), return from the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans ready for a fresh challenge.
A Pirelli-shod Panoz Esperante entered by the British Team LNT took the victory in the GT2 class at Le Mans, the first win for Panoz at the historic 24hr event and the first ever by a non-Porsche entry, in classic form: the fewest pit stops of any team, double-stinting their Pirelli P Zero tires and a relatively steady run to the checkered flag.
With Australia's David Brabham and Canadian Scott Maxwell's win in the #50 Multimatic Panoz at the season opening 12 Hours of Sebring, Panoz and Pirelli can now claim victory in both classic endurance races this year. Although the Toronto-based Multimatic team wasn't so fortunate at Le Mans, Brabham and Maxwell have podiumed in two of the first three rounds of the ALMS. The two drivers, Multimatic, Panoz and Pirelli are all second in points in the GT2 class going into Lime Rock: one of the more difficult, but scenic, venues in the 10-race series. As always, Brabham and Maxwell will be joined by Americans Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner in the #51 Panoz.
Aston Martin Racing's Le Mans experience was something of a reflection of its 2006 ALMS season to date. Like at Sebring, they dominated qualifying, only to be eclipsed in the race by their Corvette rivals. The two Astons, in fact, have two the three poles and fastest laps in the ALMS this year.
Aston Martin Racing and Pirelli are currently second in GT1 points with Enge and Darren Turner third and Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy fourth in the Drivers' Championship. While the team has podiumed four times in the first three rounds of the ALMS, including a second at Sebring, the team is still chasing the factory Corvettes and hopes to gain the elusive top step of the podium at this weekend's New England Grand Prix.
Pirelli at Lime Rock age 2
Pirelli also hopes to continue its magnificent 2006 season at Lime Rock having won 7 GT races (Sebring, Istanbul in Turkey, 2 at Silverstone in England, Spa in Belgium, Brno in Czech Republic and Le Mans) in 8 races on 3 continents since March.
The 2 hours and 45 minutes New England Grand Prix will begin at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, July 1. CBS Sports will broadcast the race tape delayed beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, July 2. ALMS Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com. In addition, all ALMS races will again be televised in Europe in an arrangement between the series and MotorsTV, a European channel dedicated to motorsports. More information about Pirelli 99 years of motorsports can be found on the web at www.pirellicompetizioni.com.