WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Statement on the Passing of Don Panoz
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca joins the racing community in mourning the loss of Don Panoz, who died at age 83.
The American entrepreneur who initially made his name in the pharmaceutical industry became widely influential in North American endurance racing. Having founded a racing team with son Dan, they manufactured innovative race cars that competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1997, Champ Car and other series. Panoz founded both the American Le Mans Series and Petit Le Mans, the treasured 10-hour endurance race that draws in drivers and fans from across the motorsport community. The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season closes at the upcoming Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 10-13. Panoz owned Road Atlanta, Sebring Raceway and Mosport International Raceway. Many of his motorsports holdings were sold in 2012 to help facilitate the merger between ALMS and the Grand-Am Road Racing Series.
The vision of Panoz helped shape endurance racing in America in a way that positively affected its popularity and laid the framework for exciting racing carried forth by the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship, which raced at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca at this past weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.
We send our heartfelt condolences to Panoz’s family.
About WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a world-renowned 2.238-mile traditional road course that was built in 1957, then known as Laguna Seca Raceway. The Laguna Seca Recreation Area, in which WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca resides, is owned by the County of Monterey.
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