Lola Surprised by Panoz Choice

Lola officials have expressed their surprise at Panoz winning the right to be the sole Champ Car chassis supplier from 2007

Lola Surprised by Panoz Choice

Despite Lola building Champ Cars in their various guises since the late 1970's and now supplying the entire 2005 grid, IRL manufacturer Panoz won the contract to design and build the next generation of Champ Cars.

"Lola provided absolute support of the re-generated series in difficult times and at a significant cost to itself," a company statement said. "As ever in the global motorsport marketplace, Lola offered a very competitive tender but forces beyond the control of the company meant that the partnership came to a conclusion."

Lola Group executive chairman Martin Birrane has pledged to continue their successful programmes elsewhere, including A1 Grand Prix and sportscars.

Birrane said: "I have great admiration for the way Kevin Kalkhoven and his colleagues have picked up the challenges of Champ Car since they have taken over, although I am surprised at their decision not to choose Lola as their partner for the 2007 series.

"Looking forward, Lola has embarked on several successful programmes for 2005 and beyond. The A1 Grand Prix series, Formula Nippon and LMP1 sportscars are just three projects that have been or are about to be launched.

"Lola's existing Formula Three and LMP2 sportscars have enjoyed noteworthy success this season and associated businesses within the Lola Group are flourishing. Lola continue to be a world leader in many industries which is a result of sound business principles providing technical innovation and excellence."

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