Panoz DeltaWing Racing will start eighth in tomorrow’s 10-hour race, Petit Le Mans, the final round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the 2016 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Katherine Legge qualified the DeltaWing coupe on a lap time of 1:14.446.
The first day of practice was challenging for the team as track time was limited due to an availability issue of the DeltaWing’s custom tires. However, lap times improved throughout the day and continued to improve in final practice this morning before an incident on track caused damage to the rear-end and the session to end early for the team. On replacing the floor, both side-pods and the right rear track rod, the team returned the car to competitive form where Legge was able to put on a strong performance in qualifying.
In a surprise announcement at an event celebrating his 20th year in racing, Team Owner Dr Don Panoz himself announced that the car had been given an extension of eligibility by IMSA to compete in the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and that this would be the final race of the DeltaWing coupe. Following an unfortunate early-retirement after having led the majority of the first four-hours, the team are thankful to IMSA for allowing them the opportunity to return to the Florida track.
Fans can watch the full race live on the FOX Sports Go app from 11am Eastern Time tomorrow. Those outside the U.S. can watch the race live on IMSA.com.
“I’m really pleased with the performance of the car. We could have potentially gone a couple of tenths faster but with the new brakes and not wanting to risk any lock-ups as we’re starting on these tires tomorrow, I had to be conservative. The team have done a great job and we’re all really looking forward to the race tomorrow, the last race of the season, Petit Le Mans at our hometown track.”
“Really happy to be back with the team at our hometown track. We’ve had a productive couple of days, the crew have worked really hard, the car feels great and I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow. This is a good track for us and with the much better conditions compared to this time last year, I am optimistic about our chances of ending the year on a high.”