Tough day for Panoz Motor Sports in Road America 500. Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough day in today's Road America 500 with both "Spirit of America" team cars failing to make the race finish. The day began badly when Jan Magnussen was pushed...
Tough day for Panoz Motor Sports in Road America 500.
Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough day in today's Road America 500 with both "Spirit of America" team cars failing to make the race finish.
The day began badly when Jan Magnussen was pushed off the road by Emanuele Pirro in the first corner of the race, forcing the #50 car back to 11th.
The bad fortune continued for the #51 car which was forced out of the race after 21 laps with an electrical problem with Bill Auberlen behind the wheel.
The #50 car of Magnussen and David Brabham later fell out of the event with a drive-train failure after 69 laps.
"I was really disappointed at the start. We went in side by side and Pirro just turned in and forced me on to the grass. I certainly wasn't very impressed - we should have been in a solid third spot, instead of fighting for third," Magnussen said.
After 82 minutes behind the wheel, Magnussen handed over to Brabham who continued in 4th place until 154 minutes into the race when the car suffered a drive train failure.
"The car was going well, but I felt a big vibration and then lost drive," Brabham said.
"The starter motor on our car is behind the transmission and I tried to get the car back on the starter but couldn't get it up the hill back to the pits.
"It has been a pretty tough day for us. When we made our driver change we had a yellow flag safety car period straight away. Then the car finally stops and the third place Audi falls off the track - it has been one of those days.
"We now have to put this behind us and concentrate on Washington. That track should suit our car."
After starting aboard the #51 machine, Bill Auberlen was disappointed to fall out of the event early.
"Today was certainly disappointing - nobody likes to fall out early," Auberlen said.
"I feel for the guys on the crew and for Bryan who didn't get to drive today.
"We had an electrical drama with the car. We had bit of smoke in the cockpit - it didn't actually catch fire - but it was enough to put us out of the race."