Jeannette & Franchitti In The Panoz Esperante
David Saelens will not be driving the Panoz Motor Sports Esperante
at the last two ALMS events, but taking his place at Road Atlanta
should be Marino Franchitti.
The Scot will try the
car the first time in a Road Atlanta test session later this week.
A third driver, to join Franchitti and Gunnar Jeannette for Petit
Le Mans, has yet to be named.
help out for Petit will be a great addition to the team,”
said Panoz Team General Manager Ed Triolo. “He came second
in a Porsche this summer in the LMES race at Nurburgring and earlier
this year captured the P2 Pole at Sebring. His Viper experience
in the 2002 ALMS will also serve us well. We’re excited to
put him in the Panoz Esperante for Petit Le Mans.”
was expecting a season in a Rand Racing Lola, but when that project
came to an end after Sebring, he was left without a drive.
During the pause in the
season before Petit Le Mans, the Panoz Motor Sports team has been
working on improving the environment for the drivers, and solutions
have been found after spending time in the wind tunnel at Langley
Air Force Base. The aim is to have a Porsche-beater available for