New face for Panoz attack for 2003

The Panoz marque will again be represented in the LMP 900 class of this year's American Le Mans Series, but the high performance manufacturer will have a fresh face for the 2003 season. Two Panoz LMP-01 cars will be fielded by JML Team Panoz, a...

The Panoz marque will again be represented in the LMP 900 class of this year's American Le Mans Series, but the high performance manufacturer will have a fresh face for the 2003 season.

Two Panoz LMP-01 cars will be fielded by JML Team Panoz, a privateer team working in conjunction with Elan Motor Sport Technologies - the racing division of the Panoz companies in 2003.

The new program reflects this year's efforts of leading manufacturers Audi and Porsche - supporting a privateer team rather than assembling an entire factory effort.

"I believed it would be unfair and inappropriate for the owner of the series and the sanctioning body to be the only factory effort when virtually all other LMP 900 entries were competing as privateers," Team and ALMS Founder, Don Panoz said.

"We have completed final negotiations with JML Team Panoz."

The team will be managed and owned by experienced technical director and racing engineer John McLoughlin - himself a team owner and former Technical Director of the Professional Sportscar Series.

JML Team Panoz is planning to contest the American Le Mans Series championship as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The cars will again be powered by Elan Power Products engines, developed on-site at EMT's Braselton headquarters. Elan Power Products will continue to provide on-track support at all events.

"We are confident that the Panoz marque will be extremely well represented by John and his team in the year ahead," Panoz said.

"We have closely analysed the way other manufacturers have structured their motorsport programs and believe this will prove to be extremely beneficial in the long run - both for the Panoz brand and the American Le Mans Series championship itself."

Drivers for the season are expected to be announced in the near future.

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