Panoz Motor Sports adds engineering strength

29th January 2002 - Braselton, Georgia - Panoz Motor Sports' attack on the 2002 American Le Mans Series has been boosted with the team's ...

29th January 2002 - Braselton, Georgia - Panoz Motor Sports' attack on the 2002 American Le Mans Series has been boosted with the team's #50 and #51 machines featuring new race engineers.

Rick Mayer transfers from the #51 car from 2001 to take over the #50 car of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen. The team has also recruited aerodynamics expert Mehdi Ahmadi who will engineer the #51 machine for Bryan Herta and Terry Borcheller.

Having been based in Florida during 2001, Mayer has moved to the Panoz team's Braselton, GA, base for the forthcoming season.

His career has included several years in the Indy Racing League as well as engineering Dick Barbour Racing to the ALMS GT Championship in 2000.

A Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University Of Michigan, Mayer has also worked as a senior design engineer on advanced jet turbine engines for aircraft constructor, Pratt and Whitney.

Educated in the UK, Ahmadi earned a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, a Master Degree in Aerodynamics and a Doctorate Degree in Vehicle Aerodynamics from 1990 to 1997.

He was recruited by Panoz from C&B Consultants, Aerodynamics Ltd in the UK where he oversaw an extensive Champ car wind tunnel program for Honda Performance Development to provide the Honda-powered teams with an aerodynamic advantage in the CART Championship.

No stranger to the Panoz marque, Ahmadi also undertook wind tunnel testing for Panoz during the 1999 season.

"We have a very strong engineering base and this, combined with the upcoming aerodynamic improvements for 2002, will stand us in good stead for the season ahead," Panoz Motor Sports, Team Manager, Andy Waldrep said.

"Both our cars will be racing each other very hard but the combined strengths of our engineers and design teams are working very closely together on our common goal.

"The entire team is extremely focussed on this year's championship and we fully intend to ensure Audi does not have everything its own way."

The full-time appointment of Mayer and Ahmadi offsets the recent departure of Chief Engineer, Chris Gorne, who has departed Panoz Motor Sports to pursue other interests in the sport.

"I would like to thank Chris for his efforts for Panoz as he has been an integral part of this organization since 1998. Everybody at the team wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours." Waldrep said.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Bryan Herta , Terry Borcheller , Dick Barbour