BRASELTON, Ga. (February 17, 2003) -- Dr. Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series and owner of three of North America's most successful permanent road racing facilities, was honored with a special tribute ceremony at the Canadian ...
BRASELTON, Ga. (February 17, 2003) -- Dr. Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series and owner of three of North America's most successful permanent road racing facilities, was honored with a special tribute ceremony at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
Dr. Panoz' accomplishments in motorsports were lauded in the tribute, which included many personalities from Candian motorsports. The 30th annual Canadian International Auto Show is the largest automotive show in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
Ron Fellows, one of Canada's most famous racing drivers, spoke to the crowd at the tribute and thanked Dr. Panoz for providing the series in which he competes. The driver for the factory Corvette team won seven races and the GTS class driving championship in the American Le Mans Series last year. During his remarks, Fellows added that racing fans have benefited as much as drivers with the overall growth of sports car racing due to the formation of the series.
On behalf of SPEED Channel, Carl Tupper praised Dr. Panoz for the rebirth of sports car racing with the creation of the American Le Mans Series, and for his rejuvenation of Mosport International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway. Tupper presented Dr. Panoz with three bottles of the Ontario Wine Region's most sought-after wines.
Myles Brandt, President and General Manager of Mosport, presented Dr. Panoz with the original artwork of the 2002 American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mosport event program cover. Created by artist Norbert Lisinski, the original painting depicts several ALMS cars racing through corners 9 and 10, the last two turns of Mosport International Raceway.
The American Le Mans Series has a large presence at the show, which runs through February 23 at the Toronto Convention Centre and SkyDome. ALMS drivers Scott Maxwell, Melanie Paterson and John Graham will be signing autographs from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the ALMS paddock display. The location is South Metro Convention Centre, 800 level - Hall G.
The paddock display includes a number of ALMS race cars, as well as one of the series' Featherlite mobile technical/office trailers that visitors can inspect.