BRASELTON, Ga. — official team release — DeltaWing photo —
Panoz DeltaWing Racing announced their 2016 plans on Wednesday, featuring a return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the arrival of Sean Rayhall as one of the team’s full-season drivers for the upcoming season.
The Georgia native will pair with veteran Katherine Legge for a run at the Prototype class championship, with Andy Meyrick returning for a third year to the well-known team.
Rayhall proved his driving prowess behind the wheel of the coupe at the recent IMSA Daytona Test, while Meyrick rejoins the team for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup events.
“I’m extremely excited to sign on with Panoz DeltaWing Racing for the year,” Rayhall said of signing with the organization. “The team were excellent when I tested with them back in November and I think it will be a great fit! I’m very grateful for the opportunity Dr Panoz has given me.”
“[I’m] really looking forward to being back in the DeltaWing next year,” added Meyrick, a British national and former Formula Ford 1600 Series champion. “I love racing in America and based on the car we had at the November test I’m hopeful this season we will be competitive and back on the podium. I would love to see this happen not just for myself but for Dr Panoz and the team as they all work so hard and deserve a better year.”
The 2016 season is set to be an exciting one for Panoz DeltaWing Racing. With a new name comes an impressive new livery, reminiscent of the legendary Panoz ‘Spirit of America’ LMP1 Roadster S 14 years ago that remains a fan favorite to this day. The new livery represents Panoz’s continued focus as a U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of exclusive luxury sports cars, with a truly successful motorsports heritage.
The team returns in 2016 with one goal in mind — to consistently demonstrate the coupe’s competitiveness and be on the podium — and enters 2016 following strong performances where they were up front and on-pace with the leaders in several of the late-season races, including the Lone Star Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.
“I believe all of us here at Panoz DeltaWing Racing are really looking forward to the 2016 season, especially getting back to Daytona for both the Roar and the 24,” said team manager Tim Keene. “We made good progress last year after coming to grips with some of the issues that plagued us during the first half of the season. We had a really good test in Daytona back in November and believe we have the pace needed to run up front.”
“Daytona is the pinnacle race for us and all of the teams entered, but also the most difficult as it takes its toll mechanically in regards to the car and equipment and is both physically and mentally exhausting for the drivers and the crew. That’s what makes it so special as well.”
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