Braselton, GA. October 15, 2003 The 6th annual Petit Le Mans endurance race is underway in the rolling foothills of North Georgia at Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center. Hyper Sport is preparing for this 10 hour or 1000 mile race, whichever...
Braselton, GA. October 15, 2003 The 6th annual Petit Le Mans endurance race is underway in the rolling foothills of North Georgia at Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center. Hyper Sport is preparing for this 10 hour or 1000 mile race, whichever comes first, as the final event of the American Le Mans Series 2003 season comes to a close. The #03 Panoz Esperante GT-LM will be competing in the GT class along with an additional 35 entries within the Le Mans Prototype (LMP) 900, 675 and GTS classes.
Today's test session at Road Atlanta was cut short due to an unfortunate incident at turn 3. The car was experiencing some brake problems and was sent into a spin which resulted in an impact at the wall outside turn 3. The Hyper Sport team will be busy working on the GT-LM through the night-time in order to run it in the Thursday morning practice session at 9:20a.m.
The driver line-up for this weekends' Petit Le Mans includes two locals, Joe Foster and Rick Skelton as well as Brad Nyberg from Houston, Texas. Foster is the Chief Driving Instructor for the Panoz Racing School and a seasoned driver within the ALMS. Joe Foster is the lead driver for the Hyper Sport #03 Panoz Esperante. "The car is continuing to improve as our development program progresses. I'm looking forward to this very challenging race and setting the paces to this car," states Foster. Skelton, also a local Atlantan, is an Urban Developer specializing in renovating buildings into loft homes. Both Nyberg and Skelton are graduates of the Panoz Pro Series. Nyberg has been competing at the professional level for two seasons and entered into the ALMS season starting at the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring this past March. As one of the principals of the Hyper Sport group, he brings a wide array of management experience to help guide the Hyper Sport organization as it grows.
In addition to this exciting race the Hyper Sport fanfare will be heating up the infield with an entertainment village full of live music all weekend. Racing is the primary focus of the group, but they sure do a good job entertaining the fans. Local Atlanta bands will be playing on the Hyper Sport stage Friday and Saturday of race weekend. The bands include: Mooseknuckles, The Future Behind Us, Big Atomic, King Johnson and The Likes of Which. SPEED Channel will air 7 hours of live race coverage on Saturday, October 18th.