Mid-Ohio: Series Saturday notebook

NO GT2 CHAMPIONSHIP TALK YET FOR LIZARDS: Don't talk to Johannes van Overbeek about the American Le Mans Series GT2 championship just yet. Yes, the Flying Motorsports driver shared the class lead with teammate Jorg Bergmeister following a victory...

NO GT2 CHAMPIONSHIP TALK YET FOR LIZARDS: Don't talk to Johannes van Overbeek about the American Le Mans Series GT2 championship just yet. Yes, the Flying Motorsports driver shared the class lead with teammate Jorg Bergmeister following a victory two weeks ago at Lime Rock but van Overbeek has been in this position before.

"I've led in the championship in 2004 and 2006," he said. "It doesn't mean anything right now, not until the checkered flag at Laguna Seca. Two races ago it didn't look like we had a prayer but the Risi car has had problems."

Risi's Jaime Melo and Mika Salo have recorded just 2 points in the last two events while the Lizards have finished first or second in five of the first six rounds of the season. The team has led the charge with Porsche's new Type 997 in its first year of competition.

"Every track this year has been new to us with the car but our approach is no different," van Overbeek said. "We have accumulated a lot of data so that should make things a little easier to prepare. We know how to set up the car now. We've won two of the last three times here but the Ferrari was really quick last year but had some problems. Every track is a good track for Porsche and this one is no different."

LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE: At least that's how Cindi Lux described her return to the American Le Mans Series. One of 14 women to have competed in the Series, a list that includes Liz Halliday, Danica Patrick and Lyn St. James. Lux's last Series start came at Petit Le Mans in 2000 for G&W Motorsports with a top-five GT finish in a Porsche.

Lux is part of Woodhouse Performance's Series debut with a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.

"We're getting there. It's taking a bit to get the car up to speed," said Lux, who will team with Stan Wilson. "This whole weekend right now is all about learning. We're trying to see if this Viper is a competitor or not. This Series is a lot more professional and upscale. It still has a personal touch and manly feel. It's so neat to see the welcome we've received. I don't think we picked a more difficult class to come in; no one ever said we were smart people. We breed Vipers. We'd love to do great for Kuhmo, Dodge and the Woodhouse team."

WELCOMED RESULT FOR RAHAL: A runner-up finish at Lime Rock in GT2 could not have come at a better time for Rahal Letterman Racing. The first-year team in the American Le Mans Series is close to home at Mid-Ohio in search of its first class win.

"The second place at Lime Rock was a great result for the team," said Ralf Kelleners, who will team with Tom Milner. "We had chances to win races this year, like at St. Petersburg, but always had things go wrong."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Mika Salo , Jörg Bergmeister , Jaime Melo , Johannes van Overbeek , Stan Wilson , Liz Halliday , Cindi Lux , Danica Patrick