PTG to take over factory 07 Panoz GT2 ALMS program
Directing the 2007 effort will be Tom Milner's Team PTG. The organization will take over the day-to-day running of the two-car entry in the American Le Mans Series with Multimatic continuing to provide engineering support from its Toronto base. At Sebring last year, Multimatic and Panoz teamed for the American marque's first GT2 win at America's most famed sports car race. Three months later Panoz was a winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time with Team LNT.
Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand, both PTG veterans, will drive the first of the two Panoz Team PTG entries in 2007. They will joined by Tom Kimber-Smith, winner at  Le Mans for Team LNT, at Sebring. Drivers for the second PTG Panoz entry are yet to be determined.
Bill Auberlen and Robin Liddell won at Road Atlanta in April, 2005 in a Panoz Esperante GTLM.
Re: PTG to take over factory 07 Panoz GT2 ALMS program
It was rumored to be coming, and it turns out to be true.
I am glad that PTG has a way to keep the team working for this year. It will hopefully put them in a better position for next year when they will hopefully have the E92 M3 V8 :)
I am also glad that Bill Auberlen will be driving in ALMS. If you give him a reasonably competitive car, he will do wonders with it. I think the Panoz is much better sorted now than it was when he last drove it. I hope to see him on the podium more this year.
But, and this is a big but, the Ferraris were way fast last year. It will be tougher now with PWL switching to Ferrari and the Rissi car (and possibly a second) out there.
It will be interesting to see how the new Porsche 997's shake out this year too.
*sigh* But I will certainly miss seeing the M3 out there. I guess I will be watching a lot of GAC this year and rooting for the Turner guys.
No Grand-Am Cup (Koni Challenge) races on Speed?
Has Speed only shown two Koni Challenge races this year?