By: Kobe Lambeth
The newly renamed “Panoz Deltawing Racing” has confirmed a full season with drivers Katherine Legge and Sean Rayhall. This is likely the final season for the Deltawing as the entire Prototype class will have a different look in 2017 with the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) Regulations.
Team veteran, Andy Meyrick, will also return to the team for the North America Endurance Cup events. Meyrick is extremely quick and will bring his speed to Panoz Deltawing Racing once again.
Team manager, Tim Keene said, “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. 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. But that’s what makes it so special as well.”
It is great to see that Keene is working very hard to improve the Deltawing is possibly its final season of competition. Keene joined the team in 2014, after a great run with Chip Ganassi Racing. This proved to be the right decision as the Deltawing is getting better each and every week. Whatever Don Panoz does with his race team next season, I hope that Tim Keene continues as a leader of the program.
Katherine Legge said, “I believe this will be a standout season for Panoz DeltaWing Racing. The team have worked so hard and I think we will be able to show what we are capable of. We are all focused on building from the impressive speed we showed at the November Daytona test.”
I definitely agree that this will be a breakout season for the Deltawing. After the past few years of hard work, the team deserves great results as this might be the last year that we will ever see the car on the track. Legge is a great driver and I have no idea why the FIA ranked her as a SILVER(another story)! She has been with the Deltawing program since the beginning and I want her to have a successful season.
Newcomer, Sean Rayhall said, “I’m extremely excited to sign on with Panoz DeltaWing Racing for the year. 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.”
After years of hard work and stellar driving, Sean Rayhall will finally race for overall victories! I am so happy that Rayhall will return to full-time IMSA competition in 2016. It will be hard to picture him racing the Deltawing as I am used to seeing him driving LMPC machinery. However, I am happy that he will finally get the opportunity that he deserves. Look for Legge and Rayhall to be a strong duo this year.
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