PGTS: Panoz Racing Series expands to two classes

BRASELTON, Ga. (January 18, 2001) -- The newly-announced Panoz Racing Series for sports cars has expanded to two classes of race cars and set its schedule and event format for 2001, series officials have announced. The series is the outgrowth of...

BRASELTON, Ga. (January 18, 2001) -- The newly-announced Panoz Racing Series for sports cars has expanded to two classes of race cars and set its schedule and event format for 2001, series officials have announced.

The series is the outgrowth of the former Panoz Racing School Series and Women's Global GT Series, which have been consolidated into the new series. The new series will contain two distinct series, each with separate schedules and formats. The Panoz GT Series will be five races, and the Panoz GT Pro Series will be three races.

The three Panoz GT Pro Series races will be held as support races with American Le Mans Series races in 2001 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway (Mar. 17), Mosport International Raceway (Aug. 19) and Road Atlanta (Oct. 6).

The five Panoz GT Series races will be held as stand-alone events. The schedule includes events at Road Atlanta (Feb. 24-25); Sebring (May 4-5); Road Atlanta (May 26-27); Mosport (Aug. 31-Sep. 1); and Road Atlanta (Dec. 8-9).

Formed originally with only a GT class of race cars, the series has been expanded with the addition of a GTS class. Unlike the GT cars, which will be fielded by the Panoz Motor Sports Group and will be equally-prepared, the GTS class will feature privately-entered Panoz GTS cars built by Panoz Auto Development. The GTS and GT cars will race together, but will be scored separately.

The Pro Series races will be three-day events, with two half-hour practice sessions on the first day, two 20-minute qualifying sessions on the second day and a 45-minute race on the third day. An unlimited number of drivers will be allowed to enter the GTS class, while the GT class will be limited to 20 drivers. The GT class drivers will draw for their race cars and will be allowed to make minor chassis and tire adjustments.

The GT Series races will be two-day events, including a total of three, 20-minute practice sessions, a 20-minute qualifying session and a 12-16-lap final race. In the GT class, an unlimited number of entries will be accepted, but drivers will share cars and will not be allowed to make adjustments. GTS class competitors will field their own cars and the number of entries that will be accepted is unlimited.

There will be GT Pro, GT Series and Overall champions for both the GTS and GT classes. Drivers who compete in all eight races will have an advantage in the overall championship battles in that their lowest finish will be dropped in the point standings.

Persons desiring further information about the Panoz Racing Series should contact Chris Serafin, series manager, at (770) 967-1220, ext. 207.

-Andy Hall

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