AFTER VICTORIES AT DAYTONA, SEBRING, LEMANS MICHELIN SEEKS NINTH GT1 VICTORY AT MOSPORT FESTIVAL (GREENVILLE, SC) --- After a six week mid-season layoff, sports car racing gets back up to speed this weekend at Mosport International Raceway in ...
AFTER VICTORIES AT DAYTONA, SEBRING, LEMANS MICHELIN SEEKS NINTH GT1 VICTORY AT MOSPORT FESTIVAL
(GREENVILLE, SC) --- After a six week mid-season layoff, sports car racing gets back up to speed this weekend at Mosport International Raceway in the only Canadian GT event of the season. Two Michelin-equipped Visteon Panoz Motorsports GTR-1s will be seeking Michelin's ninth consecutive victory of the season in North American GT1 competition at the Bowmanville, Ontario track.
The Panoz team for this Sunday's SPOSRTS CAR-sanctioned, two hour 45-minute Mosport Festival will consist of 1998 Sebring winners Andy Wallace and David Brabham the No 4 Panoz GTR-1. SPORTS CAR GT1 points leader, Eric Bernard and Raul Boesel will drive the No. 5 Panoz. The team has won six of eight GT1 races this season.
"As our results show, Michelin tires have provided the Panoz team with the handling and reliability they need on all types of circuits" said Herb Johnson," Director of Motorsports, Michelin North America. "We look forward to resuming competition at one of sports car racing's traditional venues and to capturing our ninth victory of the year with the excellent Panoz team."
Michelin and Panoz are partnered for the entire 1998 North American GT racing season. They are running all Professional Sports Car races and select USRRC events. Michelin is also supporting the Champion Porsche entry driven by USRRC GT1 points leader Thierry Boutesn and Bob Wollek. They are competing 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, Mid-Ohio and Minneapolis. Champion Porsche won at Road Atlanta.
Michelin also has momentum gained from its dual victories at Le Mans in June. 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.