Flying Lizard Announces Driver Roster for the 2005 American Le Mans Series.
Dec. 14, 2004- SONOMA, Calif.--Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today its driver roster for the 2005 American Le Mans series (ALMS). In their second year of competition, Flying Lizard will again field two Porsche GT3 911 RSRs in the GT2 class (previously called GT). In 2005, the Sonoma, California-based team is looking to build on their successful first season in which they finished second in GT in 2004 in both the ALMS Drivers' Championship and team points.
The 2005 driver roster will include team principals Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik, and Seth Neiman, who all drove for the team in 2004. Jon Fogarty, who was a guest driver for three races in 2004, will join the team in 2005 as a full-time driver. van Overbeek and Fogarty will partner in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche. Pechnik and Neiman will join forces again in the No. 44 Porsche.
van Overbeek said, "I'm looking forward to getting the No. 45 out on track in 2005 and having Jon on board as my driving partner. Finishing second in GT in the Drivers' Championship in 2004 far exceeded our expectations for a first-year team. Our commitment is to continue to build on that and do even better next year."
Fogarty joins the team with more than a decade of driving success. He has a strong background in open wheel racing and is a two-time winner of the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Fogarty added, "It will be great to run full time with the Lizards and have Johannes, Seth and Lonnie as teammates. Other than the difference in height, Johannes and I are very complementary: we are both laser-focused on competing at the highest level we can." Fogarty and van Overbeek will participate in a live chat with fans hosted by the ALMS on Thursday, December 16 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. To join the chat, go to: www.americanlemans.com, and select the ALMS chat option.
Pechnik and Neiman will return in 2005 in the No. 44 Porsche. Pechnik added, "2005 should be an exciting season in the ALMS, with a full 10-race schedule. We'll see what Seth and I can do to build on what we learned in our first year and do even better in 2005."
For complete driver biographies, and photos: www.lizardms.com/team
For the team's 2005 ALMS schedule, go to www.lizardms.com/schedule
About the American Le Mans Series
The ALMS is one of the world's premier professional sports car championships. Patterned after the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ALMS is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and competes under the same technical rules as the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the sanctioning body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In the ALMS, four classes of performance sports cars compete together on the same track in endurance races that range from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 12 hours. In 2005, the ALMS will have two prototype classes, LMP1 and LMP2, and two GT classes based on production street cars, GT1 (formerly GTS) and GT2 (formerly GT). In 2005, the ALMS will host 10 races at race tracks across the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALMS at www.americanlemans.com.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard Motorsports competes in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) of sports car racing. The team is managed by six principals, including drivers Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman; chief engineer Craig Watkins; crew chief Tommy Sadler; and team manager Eric Ingraham.
The two Flying Lizard metallic silver and red Porsche 911 GT3 RSR cars are sponsored by ShoreTel, the innovation leader in enterprise IP telephony; eSilicon, a manufacturer of custom computer chips; and Brocade, the leading provider of storage area networking solutions.
Visit the team website at www.lizardms.com.