Mosport: Panoz Motor Sports preview

Panoz team returns to the scene of success at Mosport. Panoz Motor Sports has its sights set on success at the scene of the team's historic first victory with the LMP-01 car at Mosport this weekend. Current Panoz star Jan Magnussen drove the...

Panoz team returns to the scene of success at Mosport.

Panoz Motor Sports has its sights set on success at the scene of the team's historic first victory with the LMP-01 car at Mosport this weekend.

Current Panoz star Jan Magnussen drove the LMP-01 to its first victory at Mosport in 1999, sharing the car with Johnny O'Connell.

The event was a startling success for the Panoz team with David Brabham taking second with Frenchman Eric Bernard.

Magnussen and Brabham are now well established partners and both are keen on returning to victory lane at Mosport.

"That race back in 1999 was a fantastic win for the team, the first for the LMP-01 and my first win as well," Magnussen said.

"Our car is normally pretty strong there and Brabs and I would love to add another win to the books for 2002. We have tasted success at Sears Point and Washington but both of us want more.

"Mosport is a brilliant track that I am really looking forward to. It is one of those circuits where as a driver you have to take a deep breath and really lay it on the line to squeeze out a good lap

"Our luck didn't hold up at Trois Rivieres, but hopefully our fortunes will be brighter at the second Canadian race of the year."

Magnussen and Brabham finished second at the Mosport race in 2001, but were not so fortunate in 2000 with Magnussen involved in a crash after 40 laps.

Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen will make their Mosport Panoz debuts this weekend in the #51 car.

Auberlen is keen to make amends after crashing his BMW in the lead-up to last year's race. The Californian driver suffered concussion and was forced to sit out the weekend.

"I certainly need to put last year behind me and I am sure it will be fairly easy after I have put in a couple of laps," Auberlen said.

"I finished last year with a fairly major headache, hopefully this year the headache will be from the champagne on the podium."

Auberlen has visited the Mosport podium previously, finishing third in a BMW prototype in 2000 with Jean-Marc Gounon.

Practice for this weekend's Mail 2 Web Grand Prix of Mosport kicks off this Friday with Sunday's 2 hour, 45 minute race beginning at 1.00pm. The event will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Sunday.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Bryan Herta , Johnny O'Connell , Bill Auberlen , Jean-Marc Gounon