MULTIMATIC MOTORSPORTS TEAM PANOZ STARS READY TO LIVESTRONG ON TWO WHEELS Toronto - ON (August 17th, 2006) Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz drivers David Brabham, Scott Maxwell, Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner will swap four wheels for two...
MULTIMATIC MOTORSPORTS TEAM PANOZ STARS READY TO LIVESTRONG ON TWO WHEELS
Toronto - ON (August 17th, 2006) Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz drivers David Brabham, Scott Maxwell, Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner will swap four wheels for two to gain some extra laps at this weekend's round of the American Le Mans Series at Road America.
All four drivers will take part in the Tour de Road America -- a cycling event in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the millions of people whose lives are affected by cancer.
The ride will commence after the day's on-track action at 6.15pm on Saturday and will continue until darkness falls on the classic Wisconsin circuit.
The Multimatic Motorsports squad enters this weekend fresh from a recent three day test at Road Atlanta.
The successful outing at the home of Petit Le Mans has the team in a confident frame of mind after two tough weekends at Salt Lake City and Portland.
With temperatures in the mid 70s range predicted for the weekend, Multimatic Vice President and Motorsports Technical Director Larry Holt believes his team's pair of Panoz Esperante GTLM machines should challenge strongly this weekend.
"Our test at Road Atlanta went very well and we were able to work through a number of tire combinations with Pirellli," Holt said.
"We also worked on a number of other improvements which should squeeze a bit more speed out of the car for the final few races.
"Road America, our home track at Mosport, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway are four circuits which should suit our cars well so we have our sights set on a very strong finish to the season."
For information on this weekend's Tour de Road America - visit the event website at www.pelotonride.org.
"Road America is certainly one of the best tracks in the US and the place has a lot of history. I managed to win there in a Ferrari a few years ago with Jan Magnussen and any victory there is very sweet.
"That was the first of four wins in a row for me so it would be great if we could start another run like that with Multimatic Panoz.
"The track is very similar to European circuits. A lot of the American tracks are a lot shorter and generally bumpier.
"Our test at Road Atlanta was very important because we haven't had the chance to test since the start of the season. The tire test with Pirelli came at a very good time because our form has dropped a little in the past couple of races and I think the test will stand us in good stead.
"We learned a great deal from the sessions."
"I am looking forward to getting back in the car this weekend because I think we made some good progress at the Road Atlanta test.
"How much progress we made we really won't know until we are out there on track with everyone else but with four key races remaining, it was a pretty important session for us that will hopefully set us up for a strong run home.
"It looks like the weather should be a little kinder for us at Road America as well. We thought Salt Lake City was hot and then Portland was just as bad, if not worse. The mid-70s temperature should suit our car pretty well.
"I have never raced the Esperante at Road America before so I am certainly looking forward to the race because this is such a great venue for sportscar racing -- a real driver's track."
"I've never ridden a bicycle around Road America so I am looking forward to chance to get out there and do some miles on two wheels as well as four. "I do quite a lot of riding, both on the road and and mountain biking but I haven't had the chance to do much during the season with all the traveling and my feet also took a bit of a beating in the heat at Salt Lake City. "I think we should do pretty well here at Road America. The temperatures should be a lot kinder to us this weekend and we are trying a new set-up which worked well at the Road Atlanta test. "The car tends to like this type of circuit with fast corners and the Esperante should pull up the hill pretty well on the main straight."
"This will be another new track for me with a roof over my head. I raced here in Formula BMW and we were actually bump-drafting on the straight. The Panoz has a lot more straight line speed so it should be very different.
"It will take a couple of laps to relearn all the braking points but at this stage of the season I am pretty familiar with the car so it shouldn't take long.
"The Formula BMW was flat through the kink and I think the Panoz should be as well -- although it probably won't be 'easy flat' -- you will certainly know you are still in a corner.
"I have jumped on the computer to get a few laps under my belt -- that always helps a little.
"There might be a bit of rain early in the weekend but it should be fine and mild on race day -- that should suit us pretty well."