Panoz wheels out GTR-1 Roadster

JML Team Panoz plan to enter one of the original GTR1 Roadsters at the Le Mans 1000km race in November. Panoz founder Don Panoz has enlisted the JML squad to bring the car back for one final run. The car previously raced in 1997 and 1998 before being converted in to the Panoz prototype LMP-01

Panoz wheels out GTR-1 Roadster

"This car had an enormous crowd support and we thought we would bring the old girl out for one more time," said Panoz. "We are still formulating our plans for 2004 and beyond, but we thought it would be a nice way to give something back to the fans and run the car once more."

The car will be driven by current JML pilots Olivier Beretta and David Saelens. The pair have been a revelation since teaming up at Trois Rivières in the American Le Mans Series this year, recording five consecutive podium finishes.

Originally run as the Panoz GTR-1 in the GT1 class, the car will now be upgraded and homologated under the current regulations as a Panoz GTP in the GTP division - the same rules under which Bentley finished 1-2 in this year's 24 hour classic.

"We certainly have no shortage of parts for this car and it will bring back a lot of happy memories for guys who worked on the car from the beginning," said Team Manager Andy Waldrep. "The Panoz brand has a loyal group of supporters in France who stand opposite our pits and cheer every time the car drives past."

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