Sears Point: Panoz Motor Sports qualifying notes

Mixed fortunes for Panoz in Sears qualifying session. After setting the pace in the two morning practice sessions, Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough time during qualifying for tomorrow's second round of the American Le Mans Series at Sears...

Mixed fortunes for Panoz in Sears qualifying session.

After setting the pace in the two morning practice sessions, Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough time during qualifying for tomorrow's second round of the American Le Mans Series at Sears Point Raceway in California.

The #50 "Spirit of America" Panoz of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen was fastest in the two morning sessions, but Brabham was pushed back to third place behind the two Audis in the single qualifying session.

Bryan Herta endured an even tougher time, damaging the car early in the session and was unable to post a representative time.

However, the third Panoz entry of Gunnar Jeannette and David Donohue pulled out a strong performance to push the older-model Panoz machine up to fifth place on the grid.

"The track is changing all the time and we picked up an understeer problem in the qualifying session," Brabham said.

"We are still learning with this new aero/gearbox combination and we are obviously a little disappointed after being fastest in the morning, but tomorrow's race could be another story.

"I also got held up on one of my flying laps so that didn't help matters." Herta damaged the left hand side of the car being forced off course on his first flying lap.

"I went to go around another car, but I don't think he saw me coming and I ended up way off line with a lot of dust on the tyres. When I got to the next turn, the car just turned on me and slapped up against the wall.

"Bill (Auberlen) and I will have our work cut out tomorrow to move through the pack from further down the grid."

Audi driver Tom Kristensen took pole position aboard the Champion team Audi R8. He will share with regular Champion drivers Andy Wallace and Johnny Herbert.

Tomorrow's 2 hour, 45 minute second round of the American Le Mans Series kicks off at 1.00pm.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , David Brabham , Tom Kristensen , Jan Magnussen , Bryan Herta , David Donohue , Gunnar Jeannette