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Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
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10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
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12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
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30 Gabby Chaves 25
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33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
Q and A with Don Panoz

on the Delta Wing LeMans car
Friday, August 26, 2011

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Don Panoz
When it comes to international sports car racing, Dr Don Panoz doesn't accept the status quo.

He resurrected sportscar racing in the US with the creation of the American Le Mans Series, his Panoz marque was the only brand to challenge the might of Audi in the early 2000s and now Panoz has joined forces with the Project 56 consortium that will take the new and unique DeltaWing car to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 2012.

Panoz joins forces with Ben Bowlby and DeltaWing Racing cars, back-to-back American Le Mans Series champions Highcroft Racing and US racing legend Dan Gurney whose All American Racers group will build the initial prototypes.

Delta Wing going to LeMans
The DeltaWing will take on the famous French endurance classic with a car that has half the weight, half the aerodynamic drag and half the horsepower of a traditional prototype.

As part of that dramatic weight reduction, the car will utilize a new bodywork material called REAMS is a product developed by Panoz and his Elan Motorsport Technologies company based in Braselton, GA.

Q: WHAT IS REAMS AND HOW CAN IT BE USED IN MOTORSPORT?
A:  “REAMS stands for Recyclable, Energy Absorbing, Matrix, System – it is a combination of a known product called “Tegris” and some other films and materials that we use at Elan Motorsport Technologies (EMT).“Bound together you end up with a very strong bullet-proof material and it is easier to manufacture and much lighter than carbon fiber.
“Additionally, the other benefits include the fact that it doesn’t shatter on impact like carbon fiber and it is recyclable.
“It takes less energy to produce so there is less impact to the environment as well. It is not a structural material but it will withstand impact.
“With a heavy enough impact, carbon fiber will shatter, with other materials you end up with a heavy dent or crease, but with REAMS you can apply some heat from a heat gun or even a hair dryer and you can repair it.
“It really is an ideal material for use as bodywork on racing cars like the DeltaWing. REAMS really has a lot of great properties."

Q: HOW EASY IS THE PRODUCT TO PRODUCE?
A:  “It needs to be baked in an autoclave like carbon fiber but the amount of energy required to complete the finished product is considerably less.
“The lay-up on the materials is very similar to making bodywork out of carbon fiber but the energy used and the amount of time it takes applying heat and pressure in the autoclave is much smaller.”

Q: HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCT?
A:  “We have been involved in developing the product for a lot of government and military projects to help stop projectiles.
“Our people at EMT saw that by adding other layers of material would not only mask the weave of carbon fiber which can show through under paint, but we found that this really enabled us to stop a projectile and could make the product much lighter.
"The methodology and process of utilizing Tegris and other laminated elements to produce REAMS has been patented by EMT."

Q:  WITH THE DELTAWING BEING HALF THE WEIGHT OF A TRADITIONAL RACING CAR, DOES R.E.A.M.S. BECOME THE IDEAL MATERIAL TO PRODUCE THE BODYWORK?
A: “Absolutely – it is like reading from the script. It can be up to 50 per cent lighter. We generally promote a number of 75 per cent but in some of the tests we’ve done for bodywork, rather than military applications, we can produce a fender that is 50 per cent lighter and you can jump up and down on and not damage it.”

Q: HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO BUILD THE ORIGINAL MOLDS USED TO MANUFACTURE THE BODYWORK?
A: “Making a mold to use for a part made out of REAMS, compared to carbon fiber, is much simpler.
“The material doesn’t need the same levels of heat and pressure when placed in the autoclave so the original build of the mold is much faster and considerably cheaper.”

Q: HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO BE INVOLVED IN THE DELTAWING PROJECT?
A:  “I think the DeltaWing is a great opportunity and we are very excited to work with Ben Bowlby on the project. We know from our involvement with IndyCar racing that he is an exceptional engineer.
“What is exciting for EMT is the fact that Ben is looking to produce this car with fairly traditional construction methods – now adding REAMS to the project provides even more leeway to be even lighter or move the weight distribution around to exactly where you want it.
“This really could be a great leap forward for the sport. If you can build a car that is lighter and needs less horsepower then that provides significant “green” improvements, which is what the American Le Mans Series is all about.
“When you throw REAMS in the mix it makes things even better – particularly for the tracks.  One of the biggest problems you have with on-track impacts is the pieces of shattered carbon fiber littering the track and causing tire punctures.
“This doesn’t happen with REAMS.”

Q: HOW GREAT A FIT IS THE DELTAWING AND THE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES WHEN IT COMES TO HIGHLIGHTING GREEN RACING?
A: “When you look at what we try to achieve in the ALMS with alternative fuels and other methods to maintain performance using less energy, certainly this car does that even if it is using a conventional gasoline engine.
“You only need half the horsepower and subsequently half the fuel so in that sense it is certainly far more energy efficient.
“When you add the components which are less expensive – bodywork, smaller more cost-effective engines – it really is a great mix for green racing.”

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 475kg
Horsepower: 300 BHP
Wheel base: 2.9 m
Drag: Cd 0.24
Front track: 0.6m
Rear track: 1.7m
Length: 4.65 m
Width: 2.00m
Height: 1.03 m
Brakes: Carbon discs/pads
Tank capacity: 40 liters
Chassis: lightweight composite
Front tire: 4.0/23.0 R15
Rear tire: 12.5/24.5 R15
Front: 27.5%
Rear: 72.5%

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