MICHELIN GOING FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT GT1 VICTORY AT LIME ROCK Follows One-Two Finish at Homestead Last Sunday (LAKEVILLE, CT) --- Michelin has been victorious in each of the four North American GT races it has entered in 1998, including last ...
MICHELIN GOING FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT GT1 VICTORY AT LIME ROCK Follows One-Two Finish at Homestead Last Sunday
(LAKEVILLE, CT) --- Michelin has been victorious in each of the four North American GT races it has entered in 1998, including last weekend's Sports Car Extravaganza at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Andy Wallace and Doc Bundy started on the GT1 pole in their Michelin Pilot-equipped Panoz Motorsports GTR-1 and took class honors for the third consecutive race. The Champion Porsche, with drivers Thierry Boutsen and Pierre Raphanel, finished second in GT1, giving Michelin a one-two finish coming into this Monday's SPORTS CAR-sanctioned Dodge Dealers Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
Andy Wallace and David Brabham will share the wheel of the No. 4 Panoz and Eric Bernard and Raul Boesel will drive the No. 5 Panoz on the 1.54-mile, eight-turn Lime Rock road course. Wallace will be seeking his third consecutive victory of the season.
The Michelin Pilot-equipped Rohr Motorsports Porsche 911 GT1 began the season with the GT1 class victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Panoz drivers Andy Wallace and David Brabham led a Michelin sweep of GT1 at Sebring. The Champion Porsche finished in the runner up position, followed by a second Panoz entry. A Michelin-equipped Panoz also won the GT1 class at Las Vegas last month.
"Michelin has had a great season so far and we are looking forward to the road course at Lime Rock Park," said Herb Johnson, Director of Motorsports, Michelin North America. "The Michelin Pilots have been perfect all year and should continue to provide the Panoz team with the same great handling and grip that has kept them out front all season."
Michelin and Panoz are partnered for the entire 1998 North American GT racing season. They will run in all Professional Sports Car races and in select USRRC events. Last season, the Panoz team won four races, placed second four times and set three records in their race at Sebring.
In addition to its activity in the GT racing scene this year, Michelin North America will supply tires for the Barber Dodge Pro Series. The series is now recognized as the direct path to higher levels of open-wheel competition, in particular the CART Indy Lights championship, itself the Official Development Series of the CART FedEx Champ Car Series.
Todd Snyder, of Sheffield, Mass., won the opening round of the series at Sebring and is among the favorites this weekend at Lime Rock Park.
The Michelin tire program also includes the Skip Barber Racing School, the Dodge/Skip Barber Driving School and the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series.
Michelin will also be dedicating the Michelin Tower on Monday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. Located at the start-finish line, the tower is the focal point of activity on race weekends and for the Skip Barber Racing School.
Michelin, which brought the world the radial tire more than 50 years ago, is the world's largest tire company. It has 22 plants in North America and produces tires for every type of vehicle, from bicycles to the space shuttle. # # #