Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lizards Return to the Heartland for Mid-Ohio
Flying Lizard heads to Ohio this week for the American Le Mans Series Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge on August 6, the midway point of the nine-race season. The driver lineup will be Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long in the No. 45 and Seth Neiman and Darren Law in the No. 44.
Mid-Ohio holds fond memories for the Lizards: eight years ago, the new team saw their first ALMS victory here in the No. 45 (with Darren Law and Johannes van Overbeek then behind the wheel). "Standing on the podium for the first time here as a Lizard was an incredible rush," said Law. "It was only our second race in the ALMS and the team was so new to the whole environment: I think Mid-Ohio will always have a place in our hearts as the race where it all began." Law is back with the Lizards for Mid-Ohio; this season he is trading off driving duties with Marco Holzer because of scheduling conflicts.
The team hopes to be able to shake the bad luck which has shadowed them since Sebring. After another disappointing race at Mosport, when a mechanical issue took the No. 45 out of contention for the GT win at the one-hour mark, Bergmeister and Long are now sixth in the GT drivers' championship with 34 points. Neiman is ninth and Law is twelfth. Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand of the No. 56 BMW lead with 80 points. The team is fourth in the team championship and Porsche is fourth in the manufacturers' championship.
Flying Lizard chief strategist Thomas Blam added, "It's definitely been a frustrating season so far for the No. 45. We've had the speed and have been on pace at every race; we've qualified well and have run up front, with seamless pit stops. It's been tough to not have that translate into race results and not see the finishes that we wanted. We are at the halfway point of the season; hopefully we'll be able to turn things around here at Mid-Ohio. We've won here four of the last eight years – it's definitely a circuit that the drivers like and the Porsches can excel at."
Blam continued, "The first post-Long Beach GT performance adjustment will go into effect starting at Mid-Ohio: the Porsches will carry an additional 15kg of weight to run at 1235kg and the BMWs will run a smaller restrictor. We'll see how that plays out over the rest of the season."
By: flying lizard motorsports