Hyper Sport slated for American Le Mans Series with new Panoz GT-LM. Atlanta, GA. -- March 6, 2003 The newly formed Hyper Sport team is headed for the 2003 American Le Mans Series. Hyper Sport was established in January of 2003 with intentions...
Hyper Sport slated for American Le Mans Series with new Panoz GT-LM.
Atlanta, GA. -- March 6, 2003 The newly formed Hyper Sport team is headed for the 2003 American Le Mans Series. Hyper Sport was established in January of 2003 with intentions of competing in the ALMS GT class.
The team objective is to create a diverse marketing program tying it to their competitive motor sports effort as well as form a successful -- winning team. Hyper Sport team principals/drivers, Rick Skelton and Brad Nyberg bring a new team to the American Le Mans Series as well as a new car. Both drivers were top finishers in the highly competitive Panoz GT and Pro Series over the last two years.
The Hyper Sport team formed a ground breaking developmental partnership with Dr. Don Panoz. The team plans to debut the first ever Panoz Esperante GT-LM in the Grand Prix of Washington, DC June 25th -29th.
The Panoz Esperante GT-LM is based on the road going Panoz Esperante and powered by a 5.0 liter Robert Yates built Ford engine. "We've examined various opportunities to enter the ALMS and chose to take an aggressive, competitive marketing move and join Dr. Panoz in pushing the new Esperante GT-LM project to the front. This unique car will set our team and our sponsors apart, creating excitement other cars can't match," says Skelton. Hyper Sport and Elan Motor Sports Technologies, Inc. will continue to develop the Esperante GT-LM car throughout the year and are planning a second GT-LM car to hit the track as the season progresses.
In addition, Hyper Sport will be running a 2001 Porsche GT car at the 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on March 15, 2003. The Porsche will allow the Hyper Sport team to begin its motor sport marketing and sponsorship efforts as well as aid in increasing driver/team points in the ALMS season.
Lead driver for the Hyper Sport effort will be Joe Foster, experienced ALMS competitor and Chief Driving Instructor of the Panoz Racing School. "Joe's years of experience in the ALMS driving different types of GT and GTS class cars combined with his engineering background make him the right man for the job," says Nyberg. Foster will also be the primary testing and development driver throughout the season.