Maxwell and Jeannette Signed Up for Multimatic Panoz Assault

SEBRING, FL (January 25th, 2006) – Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz – the new factory squad formed to campaign the Panoz Esperante GTLM in this year’s American Le Mans Series – has confirmed Scott Maxwell and Gunnar Jeannette for its 2006 Championship driver line-up.

Both Maxwell and Jeannette are familiar names to Panoz fans – they have previously raced the GTLM for Panoz Motor Sports as well as the Panoz LMP-01 in the P1 class. The experienced Canadian and young American star were team-mates on the JML Team Panoz roster in 2003.

The duo enters 2006 coming off race winning seasons aboard Multimatic Motorsports’ Ford Mustang FR500C entries in Grand-Am Cup competition. Multimatic won the team, driver’s and manufacturer’s championships with the in-house built Fords.

Jeannette and Maxwell both contributed race wins and pole position points to the effort with the latter finishing second in the driver’s championship.

Maxwell in particular has played a key role in Multimatic’s on-track successes – leading all of the organization’s competition vehicle development and winning multiple championships, the P2 class at the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the Daytona Prototype class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2003.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our organization because we have been so heavily involved in the Esperante’s development and I feel that with Sean Mason and his team running the program there is a high probability of success,” Maxwell said.

“I’m really looking forward to the battle in GT2 this year. With new cars coming in from BMW and Lexus as well as the always strong Porsche effort, the level of competition has really stepped up a notch.

“The Esperante GTLM proved last year that it is extremely competitive but our main aim is to try and make the car more consistent in 2006. It was fast at some tracks in 2005, and not so good at others.”

Both Maxwell and Jeannette will begin testing duties for Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz at Sebring next week from January 23-25.

“I’ve probably done more than a dozen races in the Esperante GTLM but this will be the first year that I have done a full season,” Jeannette said.

“I’m really excited about the possibilities that Multimatic Motorsports bring to the table in this new partnership and I fully expect we will be able to challenge the Porsche runners very strongly.

“I really think the GT2 class is going to be the one to watch in 2006 and I am sure the Panoz is going to be challenging for wins.”

The remainder of the Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz driver squad will be announced in the near future.

Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz will make its competition debut next March at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Multimatic is a privately held Canadian corporation supplying components, systems and services to the global automotive industry. The company is headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, and has operating divisions in North America and Europe with partners in Asia, South America and Australia.

Multimatic specializes in the manufacture of stampings, welded assemblies, mechanisms, and suspension components, as well as the design and development of automotive body and chassis systems. Multimatic uses advanced technologies to achieve outstanding product quality, delivery and functional performance.

The Panoz Esperante is a high performance handcrafted limited production sports car built in Braselton, Georgia by Panoz Auto Development Company (PADC).

The racing version of the car, known as the GTLM, has been developed for FIA/ACO GT2 competition by Elan Motorsports Technologies with chassis engineering and manufacturing support from Multimatic.