Sonoma, Calif. - The Flying Lizard Motorsports team of Shoreline-Brocade Porsches, fresh from solid finishes in the two opening endurance races of the 2004 season, will return home to a new, 6,000 square foot race shop overlooking Infineon Raceway.
"The new shop will be up-and-running with all hands on board on April 5," said Team Manager Eric Ingraham. "Many of us are San Francisco area natives, all of our team principals live here, so it'll be good to be home."
"The shop was conceived months ago," added Tommy Sadler, a crew chief and one of the principals of the Flying Lizard Motorsports team.
"We first looked at other shops to figure out what worked and what didn't. We then spoke to, and later hired, an architect who has done many race shop projects," Sadler noted.
"We revised the plans several times until the team's six principals were happy and comfortable with the finished plans. Once we had those pieces in place, we reached-out to a trusted contractor. All this was done to ensure the Flying Lizard Motorsports shop was well thought-out, organized and perfectly-outfitted with everything the team needs to field competitive cars."
Ingraham added, "An Infineon Raceway base gives us easy access to a challenging track for testing, and is close to many of our racing hardware suppliers. But the most important point is that we'll be in our own space."
Since January, due to the load of East Coast tests and races, the team has saved valuable transportation time by preparing their Porsches at VIRginia International Raceway near Alton, Va.
"The primary feature of the new shop is expandability," said Chief Engineer Craig Watkins, "and we'll now have a complete machine shop and fabrication shop. That should reduce out-sourced work by 50 percent, and save us a lot of man-hours.
"Eric, Tommy and I understand that environment goes a long way toward improving the quality of work done by any group. The efficient layout of the new shop and its cleanliness will be added bonuses."
The Sonoma County base will also save time this summer when the American Le Mans series visits Infineon Raceway in July 17-18, Portland International Raceway on July 24-25, and Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey for the Oct. 15-16 series season finale.
The six Flying Lizard principals - Ingraham, Watkins and Sadler, plus drivers Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik, and Seth Neiman, and the rest of the dedicated team - will return to the race track May 22-23 at Quebec's Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, for a six-hour Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race. The next ALMS race for the team's Michelin-equipped Porsches will be June 26-27 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The team's two primary partners are Shoreline Communications, Inc., and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Shoreline Communications, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the specialist in enterprise IP voice systems.
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., is the leading provider of networked data storage systems through their Brocade SilkWorm® switches and software. The company's world headquarters is in San Jose, Calif.