Sebring - 8 Hour Update - No. 45 Eighth and No. 44 Tenth at Eight-Hour Mark 3:30 pm PT/6:30 pm ET
March 19, 2011 – Sebring, Florida – With four hours left to go in the twelve-hour race, the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche is P8 and the No. 44 is P10. Patrick Long is currently in the No. 45 for his second stint, and Marco Holzer is in the No. 44. The season-opener of the ALMS has proved to be a tough one - teams have navigated a constant stream of cautions caused by on track incidents.
The No. 45's string of bad luck started early in the race when an incident with the No. 45 and the No. 04 sent both cars back in the field and collected the No. 01 Extreme Ferrari, which was retired. By the 4-hour mark, the No. 45 had worked its way back up to P7. Bad luck struck again when Joerg Bergmeister took over from Marc Lieb for Joerg's second stint of the race. A scheduled change of the cool suit ice went awry, starting a cascade of events. On his outlap, under yellow, Joerg went off course, flat-spotting his right rear tire, an unusual event for Joerg. Several laps later, Joerg radioed in that the racecar had began to misfire. He was able to continue, but then had to pit early for new tires. In the pits, it took several tries to get the car to restart. While Joerg headed out to complete his stint, the engineers were working to diagnose the problem. As the misfires continued to build, Joerg was force to pit yet again. The engineers had determined that an electrical component had been damaged by water from the cool suit and were able to replace it on Joerg's last pit stop.
After a driver change, nearly 7 hours into the race, Patrick Long headed out for his second stint, now in P9 and two laps down on the GT leader. Meanwhile, the No. 44 held on to its position through the numerous yellows and cycling through Darren Law, Marco Holzer and Seth Neiman. By the 8-hour mark, Patrick had moved up to P8, and the No. 44 was P10.