Lizards looking for more at Le Mans Braselton, Ga. - Flying Lizard Motorsports traveled to France over the weekend to prepare for its second consecutive run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the team's recent GT2 class victory at the American Le...
Lizards looking for more at Le Mans
Braselton, Ga. - Flying Lizard Motorsports traveled to France over the weekend to prepare for its second consecutive run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the team's recent GT2 class victory at the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio on May 21, the Lizards have high hopes for the world's most prestigious auto race on June 17-18.
Fielding the team's No. 80 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard team principals Seth Neiman and Johannes van Overbeek, American Le Mans Series GT2 points leader, will join forces with American Porsche factory driver Patrick Long for the team's second visit to Le Mans. The team's 2005 debut at the prestigious race resulted in a third place finish after an arduous battle that saw the GT2 podium filled with American Le Mans Series teams.
"Last year our objective was just to finish! And that has to be our No. 1 objective this year as well," said Neiman. "Of course, we can't help but think about moving up a step or two on the podium - but Le Mans is a race that rewards consistent focus on the basics, flawless execution, and finally, a bit of racing luck. These have been the key to our season so far, so we'll do our best to cover the first two, and hope the third comes our way when it counts."
Long, in the No. 31 Petersen/White Lightning Porsche, battled the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche just a few weeks ago at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He is no stranger to driving with the Lizards. "They are happy about having me driving with them and I am very happy to be with them. The team does a great job," said Long. "They have been strong in the endurance races and they made a strong debut at Le Mans last year. I think it was an obvious choice and I am looking forward to it."
The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 18 and finishes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel in North American and in Europe on MotorsTV. Live radio coverage will be available at www.radiolemans.com.
The next round of the 2006 American Le Mans Series is the New England Grand Prix, set for July 1 at Lime Rock Park. The race is scheduled for a 3 p.m. EDT start. CBS Sports will televise the event from 4 to 6 p.m. EDT on July 2. Live coverage will be available at www.americanlemans.com with American Le Mans Radio and IMSA Live Timing & Scoring.