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MICHELIN LOOKING TO CAPTURE EIGHTH GT1 VICTORY ON THE STREETS OF MINEAPOLIS (GREENVILLE, SC) --- After winning on challenging natural road courses the two previous weeks, a Michelin-equipped Visteon Panoz Motorsports GTR-1 and the STP Champion...

MICHELIN LOOKING TO CAPTURE EIGHTH GT1 VICTORY ON THE STREETS OF MINEAPOLIS

(GREENVILLE, SC) --- After winning on challenging natural road courses the two previous weeks, a Michelin-equipped Visteon Panoz Motorsports GTR-1 and the STP Champion Porsche 911 GT1 come to the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota with designs on continuing Michelin's seven race GT1 winning streak on the streets of Minneapolis. Michelin won last weekend in Road Atlanta and the previous week at Mid-Ohio. Both victories come on the heels of Michelin's overall victory and GT2 championship at Le Mans earlier this month.

With seven consecutive race victories in North American GT racing this year, the Panoz GTR-1 and the Champion Porsche team look to bring Michelin to victory lane for the eighth consecutive time in the USRRC-sanctioned race. The Panoz team at Minneapolis will consist of Johnny O'Connell and Doc Bundy. Thierry Boutsen and Bob Wollek will drive the Champion Porsche 911 GT1.

"Following victories on the road courses at Mid-Ohio and Road Atlanta, the streets of Minneapolis will present us with a new challenge" said Herb Johnson," Director of Motorsports, Michelin North America. "The Michelin Pilot radials have proven all year that they can take abuse and still keep their grip and strong handling characteristics. We expect to maintain our performance record in Minneapolis."

Michelin and Panoz are partnered for the entire 1998 North American GT racing season. They are running all Professional Sports Car races and in select USRRC events. The Champion Porsche is running in select SPORTS CAR and USRRC races.

Michelin began the season by claiming the GT1 class victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the Rohr Motorsports Porsche 911 GT1. Panoz Motorsports drivers Wallace and Brabham led a Michelin sweep of GT1 at Sebring. The Champion Porsche finished in the runner up position, followed by a second Panoz entry. Panoz also has victories at Las Vegas, Homestead, Lime Rock Park and Mid-Ohio. The Champion Porsche won last Sunday at Road Atlanta.

Michelin also has momentum gained from its dual victories at Le Mans earlier this month. The Michelin-equipped Porsche GT1-98, piloted by Alan McNish of Britain, Laurent Aiello and Stepane Ortelli of France, claimed the GT1 and overall victory in the world's most prestigious endurance race. The Michelin-fitted Dodge Viper GTS-R driven by American David Donohue, Justin Bell of Britain and Luca Drudi of Italy were the victors in GT2. Michelin supported cars finished second in both GT1 and in GT2.

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Series GT
Drivers Laurent Aiello , Justin Bell , David Donohue , Thierry Boutsen , Luca Drudi , Bob Wollek , Doc Bundy