Panoz receives two invites for Le Mans

Panoz Motor Sports: On To Le Mans With Two Esperante GTLMs Braselton, Ga. (March 24, 2005) Following an encouraging display of class-leading speed at last weekend's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Panoz Motor Sports (PMS) today received the...

Panoz Motor Sports: On To Le Mans With Two Esperante GTLMs

Braselton, Ga. (March 24, 2005) Following an encouraging display of class-leading speed at last weekend's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Panoz Motor Sports (PMS) today received the great news it was hoping for from the esteemed organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: France's Automobile Club de L'Ouest (ACO). The ACO have invited both Panoz Esperante Factory Team GT2 Le Mans entries to participate in the 73rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans June 18-19.

In a statement released today, Panoz Motor Sports Team General Manager Ed Triolo stated, "We are truly gratified and honored by the faith the ACO have placed in Panoz Motor Sports to help provide the world's sports car racing fans with a great competitive showing in June. Panoz Motor Sports has thousands upon thousands of devoted fans not only here in the USA where the Esperante sports car is made but also in France, the UK and around the world. Frankly, being invited to take on Porsche at Le Mans is just an awesome thrill for us and we thank the ACO for providing us the opportunity for that somewhat daunting challenge!"

At Sebring last weekend, the #51 Panoz driving team of Bill Auberlen, Robin Liddell and Emanuele Naspetti matched the pole- winning Porsche's pace in qualifying, lapping the famous Sebring International Raceway just 7/100ths of a mile per hour behind the Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Unfortunately the Panoz retired when electrical problems struck on lap 121. While their teammates, Scott Maxwell, Bryan Sellers and Gunnar Jeannette suffered an overheated differential; the Panoz Motor Sports Team repaired the problem, allowing the #51 Panoz to notch the fourth fastest GT2 lap of the race.

Panoz Motor Sports competes in the IMSA-sanctioned American Le Mans Series of endurance sports car races. The events range from 2 hour and 45 minutes in length to 12 hours duration. After Sebring, the series moves to the Panoz Esperante Factory Team's home track Road Atlanta for the Sportsbook.com Grand prix of Atlanta, April 17 (broadcast live on CBS Sports)

Pirelli, Multimatic and Diablo Grande Award Winning Wines sponsor Panoz Motor Sports.

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Scott Maxwell , Emanuele Naspetti , Bryan Sellers