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Homestead Panoz Race Report

THE VISTEON PANOZ RACING TEAM WINS THREE IN A ROW HOMESTEAD, Fla., May 17 -- Despite slippery track conditions, the Visteon Panoz Racing Team claimed its third straight victory in the GT1 class at the 1998 USRRC Sports Car Extravaganza Can-Am/GT...

THE VISTEON PANOZ RACING TEAM WINS THREE IN A ROW

HOMESTEAD, Fla., May 17 -- Despite slippery track conditions, the Visteon Panoz Racing Team claimed its third straight victory in the GT1 class at the 1998 USRRC Sports Car Extravaganza Can-Am/GT Championship Race at the Homestead Motorsports Complex. This comes after two class wins at the 12 Hours at Sebring and the Nevada Grand Prix.

The #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1, driven by Doc Bundy and Andy Wallace finished first in the GT1 class and third overall. Throughout the race, the #4 GTR-1 battled the Can-Am cars of Dyson and Ferrari, as well as the GT1 Porsche.

"It was a tough day for the Visteon Panoz Racing Team," said Doc Bundy, first driver, #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1. "I got a good start and then immediately couldn't understand why I was sliding everywhere. The track was very slippery. It took me a few laps to figure out that I'd have to drive a different way, especially when I understeered off the track and lost a few places. Once I changed my style and got the groove, I caught up on the competition. I never knew you could ice skate in south Florida. It was marble city, but it was fun. The Visteon Panoz was very good, and the Michelin tires were excellent, despite the gravel on the track."

Andy Wallace drove the second shift in the #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1. "I was peddling the Visteon Panoz as hard as I could but the track was very slippery," he said. "We had a good race with the Can-Am cars. I hope the race was good to watch, because it was fun to drive. Homestead is one of the best infield-road courses I've ever been on."

Don Panoz was very excited to see his namesake machines win their third straight race. "We've got quite a streak going," he said. "Let's hope this momentum keeps up for the rest of the season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans."

"We're thrilled for another Visteon Panoz Racing Team win," said Charles W. Szuluk, president Visteon Automotive Systems. "The competition in this series is tough, especially when competing against the Can-Am cars. We can't wait until the next race."

Tony Dowe, managing director, Panoz Motor Sports, was quite happy with the result of today's race. "I'm pleased for the team, Visteon and Michelin," he said. "The guys did a good job -- I'm really pleased with Doc and Andy's performances. The Michelin tires were terrific, and the pit stops were as good as they could be. We're always pleased to finish ahead of our good friends at Porsche -- it's a good friendly rivalry.

"We're looking forward to Lime Rock next weekend and the big one at Le Mans." # # #

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Series GT
Drivers Andy Wallace , Don Panoz , Doc Bundy