USRRC: Visteon Panoz Racing Qualifies First and Second at Mid Ohio
13 June 1998QUALIFYING
U.S. ROAD RACING CLASSIC
MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE
It has been raining intermittently all day.
David Brabham, #4 Visteon Panoz GTR-1, qualified first in GT1, third overall:
"The Visteon Panoz was very strong and well balanced. In the beginning of the session, I found the track a little bit tricky because it was still drying. I was able to get the most out of the Michelin tires, which had a lot of grip and are perfectly suited to this track.
"I'm pleased that we are so close in time to the Can-Am cars. I think we're in good shape for the race, and I'm hoping for dry weather for us and for the fans."
Eric Bernard, #5 Visteon Panoz GTR-1, qualified second in GT1, fourth
"The car is much better, especially because we were able to find some good compromises and were able to make adjustments to the car in the practice sessions. I was not able to get a clear lap because I hit a bit of traffic, so the #5 Visteon Panoz had more in it. I'm looking forward to the race."
Tony Dowe, managing director, Panoz Motor Sports:
"First and second in class is quite encouraging for the race tomorrow. I think it will be a great race because we are so competitive with the Can-Am cars."
Don Panoz, founder, Panoz Motor Sports:
"We've had a great qualifying day at Mid-Ohio, which is a great track. I'm delighted that we're not too far behind the Can-Am cars. It will be a fun race to watch tomorrow."
The 2 1/2 hour GT/Can-Am race begins at 2:00pm EST tomorrow and will be broadcast same-day at 7:00pm on Fox Sports Net.