Lynx Graduate Sellers To Drive For Panoz LYNX RACING GRADUATE BRYAN SELLERS MOVES UP TO AUTO RACING'S MAJOR LEAGUES -- WILL RACE SPORTS CARS FOR PANOZ FACTORY TEAM IN 2005 Fast Facts: * Sellers, 22, of Centerville, Ohio, is a graduate of...
Lynx Graduate Sellers To Drive For Panoz
LYNX RACING GRADUATE BRYAN SELLERS MOVES UP TO AUTO RACING'S MAJOR LEAGUES -- WILL RACE SPORTS CARS FOR PANOZ FACTORY TEAM IN 2005
* Sellers, 22, of Centerville, Ohio, is a graduate of the Lynx Racing driver development program. He will race for the Panoz Motorsports factory team in the 10-race, 2005 American LeMans Series of sports car endurance races.
* Sellers' #51Panoz Esperante GTLM sports car is sponsored by 3Dimensional Services, a high-tech prototyping company, as well as Pirelli and Muiltimatic.
* Sellers dominated the fiercely competitive Formula Ford Zetec Championship in 2002, winning the championship with 8 victories and 7 pole positions. He was a standout in the 2004 Toyota Atlantic series driving for Lynx Racing, and in his first-ever drive in a car with fenders, he put the TRG East Porsche on the GT3 class pole for the Rolex Sports Car series opener in Homestead, Florida.
Bryan Sellers, 22, of Centerville, Ohio, stepped up to auto racing's major leagues when he signed to co-drive the No.51 Esperante GTLM for the Panoz factory racing team in the 10-race, 2005 American Le Mans series of sports car endurance races.
Sellers, who won the 2002 championship in the fiercely competitive Formula Ford Zetec series with 8 victories and 7 pole positions, and was a standout in the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship, actually made his debut with the Panoz Motorsports team at the 53rd annual 12 Hours of Sebring on March 19.
Co-driving with Canadian racer Scott Maxwell and fellow American Gunnar Jeanette, the team qualified the No.51 Panoz fifth on the grid and were running very competitively until mechanical problems forced a lengthy visit to the pits for repairs and dropped them out of contention.
"The opportunity to drive for the Panoz team came as a bit of a surprise since all my experience has been in open-wheel racing, but I'm feeling very comfortable with both the team and the car," says Sellers. "This is a very professional team, and an extremely competitive series full of the world's top sports car drivers, and to be able to run with the big dogs here is a genuine accomplishment. I'd like to thank the Panoz team, and 3Dimensional Services for giving me this chance; they can rest assured I'll make the most of it."
American Le Mans series races range from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 12 hours in length. The next event on the schedule is the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta, held at the Road Atlanta racetrack April 15-17. The 2 hour 45 minute event will be televised live on CBS-TV starting at 12 noon on Sunday, April 17. Sellers will be co-driving with Scott Maxwell; Jeanette joins the team for longer races.
"The entire team is very pleased with Bryan as a driver, and pleasantly surprised at how fast he adapted from open-wheel sprint racing to endurance racing in a production-based sports car," says Ed Triolo, manager of the Panoz Motorsports team. "He has been deeply involved in the preparation and setup of the car, and considering his lack of seat time in this kind of car, his lap times are very competitive. He gets an A+ from us."
The other big news for Sellers and Panoz is that the team has received two invitations from France's Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) to participate in the 73rd annual 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 18 19. With help from team sponsors Pirelli, Multimatic and Diablo Grande Award Winning Wines, the Panoz Motor Sports team is working with Sellers and his sponsors to put together funding for a Le Mans effort.
"Le Mans is one of the `Big 3' auto races in the world, along with the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, and to be able to represent my home state in this famous race would be a dream come true for me, and a great opportunity for a sponsor," says Sellers. "Panoz has a lot of experience at Le Mans, and if we're able to go there and beat the Porsches, it will make news around the world. I'm working hard to make it happen, and I'm confident it will."
Bryan Sellers is a graduate of the uniquely successful Lynx Racing driver development program, created and owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty. Competing in the Toyota Atlantic Series, Lynx twice won the championship and graduated a number of driver to the top ranks of auto racing, including 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, 2002 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Alex Barron and Champ Car veterans Patrick Carpentier and Memo Gidley.
The American Le Mans Series was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz, who also owns automaker Panoz and the Panoz Motor Sports team. The American Le Mans Series is a series of sports car endurance racing events patterned after the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. American Le Mans Series events feature multi-class racing among the top sports car racing drivers and teams in the world.
The ALMS is holding 10 North American events in 2005, all which will be televised by either CBS-TV or Speed Channel, both of which have entered into multi-year agreements to televise ALMS races.
No racing series anywhere has a more comprehensive fan program. Fans get a taste of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at all ALMS events, including downtown promotional events complete with race cars. In addition, all events feature a paddock area open to all ticket holding fans, autograph sessions with all drivers, tech talks and fan forums throughout race weekend.