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Don Panoz: Racing for the Fans

A look at Don Panoz’s legacy in creating Petit Le Mans, American Le Mans Series…

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  1. TuckerC

    November 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    He did more for professional sports car racing than anyone in recent memory… and brought America in line with the rest of the world of racing. My friends and I always saw him at Petit and he always thanked us for coming. Unlike the knuckle-draggers in Daytona, he was a true gentleman and a visionary.

    • Andy Flinn

      November 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      TuckerC, you mention doing more for pro sports car racing.

      Well, I know that attacking NASCAR and insulting the people in Daytona Beach (the same organization Don merged his ALMS series with and sold his properties to) hasn’t ever done a damn thing to promote pro sports car racing or further its interests.

      From a fan who has attended more pro and club races at Sebring, Road Atlanta, and Daytona than I will ever remember, I’d just like to say thanks Don, for all that you’ve done for sports car racing.

      You will not be forgotten.

  2. Jeff Wagner

    November 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    TuckerC: GREAT truth spoken on Daytona!!! It’s such a shame the lack of manufacturer loyalty and involvement forced his hand in having to make the deal that had to be done at that time with that economic climate.

  3. Jeff Wagner

    November 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Don THANK-YOU for saving Mosport! What you did for us fans there will NEVER be forgotten, EVER! Mosport would not be around today if you hadn’t taken the lease over in the 11th hour! THANK-YOU for saving one of the greatest Tracks EVER created!!!

    • Corner Five Fan

      November 25, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      I agree, Don Panoz did save Mosport, Kept it competitive. Thus Mosport became the 3rd highest fan attendance track in the ALMS series, year after year after year. Then he was kind enough to put it back into Canadian hands. Sold the track to one of the Series most popular drivers – Ron Fellows ( Corvette ) and his Canadian business partners.

  4. Jeff Wagner

    November 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Don started the safety improvements (without butchering the track) and spruced up the facility. He did the best he could with ALL of the other projects on the go like the Panoz team, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Petit Le Mans, and the ALMS. You are right he sold it to good caretakers that could continue the upgrades and put their full attention into it!

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