Brabs To Panoz It Is
Half of the Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz driver line-up was
confirmed at Sebring today: former Panoz prototype man David Brabham
will join Scott Maxwell in the team's No. 50 Panoz Esperante GTLM
for the whole, 10-race ALMS schedule.
The Esperantes will again run on Pirelli rubber.
Pirelli is expected to play an even more significant
role in the series this year, particularly in GT1 and GT2.
has been a terrific week for us (at the Wheels Down Winter Test),"
said Larry Holt, Multimatic vice president and team technical director.
"We are pleased with how the car has performed over the first
two days, thanks in large part to the support we are getting from
Pirelli, who we're thrilled to be working with again for 2006.
adding a driver as talented as David gives us even more reason to
be thoroughly optimistic for this season," Holt added. "He
has a long history of success with the Panoz LMP1 projects, and
he's no stranger to Multimatic and Scott (Maxwell), either."
has 11 career victories in the ALMS, from 52 starts – with
a total of 29 podium finishes. He and Maxwell raced together in
a DP, a Multimatic of course, to the class win at Daytona in 2003.
"It's fantastic to be back in a Panoz car as
some of my fondest racing memories are from the time I spent in
the LMP car," said the Australian.
So Brabham won’t
be a Prodrive driver in 2006 – but who will be?
Larry Holt is
planning to firm up the remaining Multimatic Panoz drivers for the
season, and for Sebring, by the end of this week. He looks to have
got the car(s) right – so drivers are next on the job list.