VISTEON PANOZ RACING TEAM PRESS NOTES QUALIFYING MOSPORT FESTIVAL Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada Saturday, August 8, 1998 In today's qualifying session, the Visteon Panoz Racing Team took first and second in...
VISTEON PANOZ RACING TEAM PRESS NOTES
MOSPORT FESTIVAL Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, August 8, 1998
In today's qualifying session, the Visteon Panoz Racing Team took first and second in the GT1 class.
The #4 Visteon Panoz, driven by David Brabham, shattered the GT1 qualifying record with a 1:14.710 at 118.49 mph lap around the ten-turn 2.459-mile circuit. This is the first time Brabham has driven at the Mosport International Raceway. The previous record was set by in 1997 by Dorsey Schroeder in a Porsche 911 GT1, with a 1:17.361 lap.
David Brabham, #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1: "The Visteon Panoz has been getting better and better for every race. We've made a lot of adjustments during the test and practice sessions, and the car is well suited for this track.
"I'm certainly glad it stopped raining."
Eric Bernard drove the #5 Panoz to second in GT1 with a 1:15.801 at 116.78 mph, also breaking last year's record. This is also Eric Bernard's Mosport racing debut.
Eric Bernard, #5 Visteon Panoz GTR-1: "I hit a little bit of traffic on a couple of my qualifying laps, but other than that, the Visteon Panoz was very good. The car should be quite good against the competition and the track, which I enjoy driving very much."
Tony Dowe, managing director, Panoz Motor Sports: "I'm pleased for the team to start on pole. The cars are in good shape for the race tomorrow -- we're looking for reliability and a good result. It will be nice to challenge the WSC cars during the race."
The #4 and #5 Visteon Panoz GTR-1s will start sixth and seventh overall on the grid.
The Visteon Panoz Racing Team is preparing for the 2 hour and 45 minute combined WSC/GT race tomorrow, which begins at 2:45pm EST.