Miami: Panoz Motor Sports preview

Panoz aiming for success in Miami. Leading American Le Mans Series team Panoz Motor Sports has set its sights on repeating its 2002 street racing success in Miami's Grand Prix Americas this weekend. Panoz drivers Jan Magnussen and David...

Panoz aiming for success in Miami.

Leading American Le Mans Series team Panoz Motor Sports has set its sights on repeating its 2002 street racing success in Miami's Grand Prix Americas this weekend.

Panoz drivers Jan Magnussen and David Brabham took victory at the Washington D.C. street event in round five of the championship and the duo are keen to boost their 2002 win tally to three with victory at the new Bayfront Park street racing venue.

"This is one race that I have really been looking forward to, especially since I have just moved to South Florida with my family - this is really my new home race," Brabham said.

"The old IMSA street races in Miami were great for my brother Geoff who won down here several times - in fact, Miami was always his favorite race.

"Hopefully we can grow a family tradition of success down here.

"Washington D.C. was a great win for us earlier this year and the entire team has been working very hard on trying to repeat that this week.

"I am certain this weekend is going to be a great success. The level of interest is really high and I also have a house full of friends who have come down to visit to see the race."

Team-mates Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen will also be out for success this weekend after being unlucky to miss out on a podium finish at the last round of the championship at Laguna Seca.

"If there was ever a city that was ideally suited to running a downtown race - it has to be Miami. It’s the only event I’ve been to that can rival the Long Beach Grand Prix for atmosphere," Herta said.

"The fact the Grand Prix Americas is going to be a double-header with CART will also be a fantastic bonus for the race fans - this weekend is going to be brilliant.

"Like all street circuits, Miami will be very tough on both the drivers and the cars. Keeping away from the concrete is always a key priority, especially with Petit Le Mans scheduled for the following week.

"This is compounded by the challenge of traffic in the American Le Mans Series.

"If you go for a gap in the traffic that disappears - you don’t just run off the road, you run into concrete. Racecars and concrete have been doing battle for many years - and concrete wins every time!

"Getting traction out of the slow corners will also be something all teams will have to work on."

Round Nine of the 2002 American Le Mans Series is scheduled for 4.00pm on Saturday afternoon. The Fedex CART Championship race will be staged on Sunday.

Following this weekend's round of the title chase, Panoz will return to its home base in Braselton, Georgia for the final round of the championship at Road Atlanta the following Saturday.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Bryan Herta , Bill Auberlen