Flying Lizard Qualifies Third and Fourth in GT2 for the Grand Prix of Houston April 20, 2007--Houston, Texas.--The Flying Lizard Motorsports squad qualified third and fourth in GT2 for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Houston. The No. 45 and No. 44...
Flying Lizard Qualifies Third and Fourth in GT2 for the Grand Prix of Houston
April 20, 2007--Houston, Texas.--The Flying Lizard Motorsports squad qualified third and fourth in GT2 for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Houston. The No. 45 and No. 44 Lizard cars will be the top starting GT2 Porsches on the grid, behind the No. 62 and No. 31 Ferraris. On the 1.68 mile street circuit, Johannes van Overbeek clocked his fastest lap at 1:09.954, just behind Dirk Mueller in the No. 31 Petersen Ferrari, with a 1:09:810. In the No. 44 Porsche, Darren Law was just four-tenths of a second behind van Overbeek. Mika Salo took the pole in the No. 62 Ferrari with a 1:09.419.
Law, who brought the No. 44 to its best ever second-place finish at Long Beach last week (with guest driver Patrick Long) reported he had a slide out of the last corner of his fast qualifying lap today. "Exiting Turn 10, I got a little out of line, but I was able to catch it. It was on my fast lap: qualifying fourth with that hiccup shows the speed of the Porsche. We've learned a lot about setting up the car for street circuits and the No. 44 was fast out of the gate this morning." Law will be joined in the No. 44 for the race by teammate Seth Neiman.
Over the first three races of the season (Sebring, St. Petersburg, and Long Beach), the Lizards have demonstrated their consistency as the top finishing Porsches in GT2 at each race. They will seek to match the Ferraris for pace during tomorrow's race, hoping to end the three-race winning streak of the No. 62 Risi Ferrari. Johannes van Overbeek and Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 45 are second place in the ALMS drivers' points chase, following Mika Salo and Jaime Melo in the No. 62 Ferrari.
Johannes said, "We still have eight races ahead of us, including two high points races, Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca. We must finish as high as we can in the remaining races to stay in the hunt for the championship. We did well at Houston last year and I think we are in the groove in understanding how to get the most out of the Porsches on these street circuits."
The Lone Star Grand Prix at Houston's JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park is set for 5:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, April 21. The race will be broadcast on CBS Sports at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 29. International coverage will be available on MotorsTV, SPEED Latin America and 7TV in Russia. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing and Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com.
The Lizards will broadcast their team radio transmission live on Saturday during morning warmup and the race. For details see www.lizardms.com.