Washington: Historic win for Panoz

The first visit of the American Le Mans Series to the nation's capital could hardly have produced a stronger advertisement for sports car racing, producing some spectacular racing and an all-American V8-powered, American-engineered car taking the victory - albeit driven by a Dane and an Australian.

Washington: Historic win for Panoz

Jan Magnussen staged a major upset for Panoz Motorsports by taking the No. 51 LMP1 Roadster he shared with David Brabham to a narrow but clear victory over the No. 2 Audi Sport North America R8, driven by Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello. The No. 1 R8, driven by Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, finished third, just a few seconds behind.

Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell restored the domination of the Corvette racing squad in the GTS class, the Canadian taking victory by a full lap over the team C5/R driven by Andy Pilgrim, while the Olive Garden Ferrari placed a creditable third after battling with the second Corvette most of the way.

In GT, the Alex Job Racing team celebrated again as Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen stormed to victory with the Porsche GT, but again was no easy stroll as the duo were chased hard throughout the race by Kevin Buckler and Brian Cunningham in the Racer's Group Porsche.

Jan Magnussen/David Brabham Panoz Motor Sport Panoz LMP01 P900 135
Rinaldo Capello/Tom Kristensen Audi Sport North America Audi R8 P900 135
Frank Biela/Emmanuele Pirro Audi Sport North America Audi R8 P900 135
Team Cadillac Cadillac LMP02 P900 134
Johnny Herbert/Stefan Johansson Champion Racing Audi R8 P900 133
Bryan Herta/Bill Auberlen Panoz Motor Sports Panoz LMP01 P900 133
Chris Dyson/James Weaver Dyson Racing Team inc Riley & Scott MkIII A P900 129
Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 126
Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 126
Emanuele Naspetti/Mimmo Schiatterella Team Olive Garden Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS 125

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