Road Atlanta: JML Tean Panoz Saturday notes

JML Team Panoz qualifying hit by rain cancellation. While the sight of rain is normally a good sign for JML Team Panoz, today's downpour at the Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta proved to be a set-back for the Georgian team. After rain fell at the...

JML Team Panoz qualifying hit by rain cancellation.

While the sight of rain is normally a good sign for JML Team Panoz, today's downpour at the Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta proved to be a set-back for the Georgian team.

After rain fell at the end of the final practice session, race officials decided to cancel the qualifying session, awarding the grid positions on practice times.

The #11 Panoz of Olivier Beretta and Max Papis and the #12 car of Gunnar Jeannette and David Saelens subsequently didn't get the opportunity to show the car's wet weather prowess in qualifying.

The Panoz LMP-01 has an outstanding wet weather heritage including famous victories at the Nurburgring in Germany 2000 and Sears Point last year.

The #11 car will now start from position six in tomorrow's 2 hour, 45 minute race with the #12 car in 8th.

OLIVIER BERETTA
"The car was pretty strong in practice and the changes we made to the front and the rear seemed to have worked well.

"Cancelling the qualifying session was a little disappointing because we know our car can be good in the wet, but there is also the danger of losing a car in the rain. For the race tomorrow I think we are in pretty good shape. The Audi and the MG Lola will be strong but I am confident we can fight very hard."

MAX PAPIS
"I had a lot of traffic when I was in the car during the practice session but I still feel we have a pretty good car for the race tomorrow. "Our base set-up is quite strong and the Michelin tire combination we

have chosen seems to work very well.

"The car has run very strongly during the weekend so I am looking forward to tomorrow."

GUNNAR JEANNETTE
"We are a little disappointed to end up eighth because I am confident we could have been stronger in qualifying, even if they did run it in the rain.

"Our car is always strong in wet conditions so I wish we could have taken a shot at it.

"The team has done a great job in improving the car over the weekend so we will see what happens tomorrow."

DAVID SAELENS
"We did some good work today in improving the set-up and have made quite a bit of progress from yesterday.

"It was quite strange for qualifying to be cancelled but at least the car is quite comfortable for the race and Gunnar and I have been working well together.

"I am looking forward to making my first American Le Mans Series start tomorrow."

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Saelens , Max Papis , Olivier Beretta