Flying Lizard Announces Driver Roster for Petit Le Mans September 21, 2005 - Sonoma, CA - Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today the team's driver roster for the upcoming Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Darren Law and David Murry will join the...
Flying Lizard Announces Driver Roster for Petit Le Mans
September 21, 2005 - Sonoma, CA - Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today the team's driver roster for the upcoming Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Darren Law and David Murry will join the GT2 team for the endurance classic, which is the ninth contest of the 10-race American Le Mans Series season.
Law is back with Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty in the team's No. 45 Porsche, having helped take the car to a 3rd in class finish at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring in March. David Murry will share driving duties with Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman in the team's No. 44 Porsche. Murry was also with the team at Sebring.
"We're looking forward to being back in Atlanta for Petit," said crew chief Tommy Sadler. "A podium finish at our first 24 Heures du Mans in June really helped us refine how to compete successfully in a long, complex race. Petit can be a race of attrition where strategy, preparation, and luck all seem to have equal weight. To be there at the finish you have to be prepared for any eventuality, and still be able to react quickly to the unexpected!"
David Murry commented on the No. 44, "We had some bad luck at Sebring and didn't get to show what we had to offer for an endurance race. Since then, Lonnie and Seth and the No. 44 crew have put in a tremendous amount of work to get the car in fighting shape. It shows too, with the No. 44's best finish so far a few weeks ago at Mosport." An Atlanta native, Murry added his perspective on Petit, "Road Atlanta is my home track but I find it's always is full of challenges: fast turns, elevation changes, high-speed on the straights. Add a full grid and an extremely competitive GT2 field over 10 hours and it's quite a race!"
Darren Law said, "I am excited to be running with the Lizards once again. It's been a challenging year for the No. 45, but I could see at Mosport that the car is getting back to its familiar pace among the leaders. We are looking forward to running strong at what is certainly one of the most challenging events in racing."
Petit Le Mans will run 1000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first. It is a defining race in the championship chase. Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty are currently in third place for the GT2 drivers' championship.
Petit Le Mans gets the green flag, October 1 at 11:20 a.m. EDT, at Road Atlanta, in Braselton Georgia. SPEED Channel will provide live television coverage. Qualifying is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 30. For live timing and scoring and radio broadcast, visit www.americanlemans.com. Live updates on the Lizards' race progress will be available at www.lizardms.com.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports In 2005, their second year of competition, Flying Lizard competes in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). This follows the team's successful inaugural season in which they finished second in class in both Drivers' and Team points in the 2004 ALMS championship.
The red, black and silver No. 44 and No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs will run the entire 10-race ALMS 2005 season. The Porsches are sponsored by eSilicon, a semiconductor company that manufactures and designs custom chips for the world's leading electronics companies, and ShoreTel, a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony solutions.
The team is managed by six principals: drivers Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman; chief engineer Craig Watkins; crew chief Tommy Sadler; and team manager Eric Ingraham. Visit the team website at www.lizardms.com.