New Flying Lizard team to run full American Le Mans Series. BRASELTON, Ga. - The already strong competition level in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series has jumped up another notch with the announcement that Flying Lizard Motorsports, a...
New Flying Lizard team to run full American Le Mans Series.
BRASELTON, Ga. - The already strong competition level in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series has jumped up another notch with the announcement that Flying Lizard Motorsports, a new racing team, will run two entries in the full series schedule this season with an All-American driving lineup.
The team, based in Sonoma, Calif., will run a pair of new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR cars in all nine American Le Mans Series races. The season begins with the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway Mar. 17-20.
Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law, two drivers with extensive experience both in the American Le Mans Series and in other forms of road racing, will handle the driving for one of the Flying Lizard cars, while ALMS newcomers Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman will drive the other.
"We are excited about running in the world's premier road racing series," said van Overbeek, who scored a GT class victory in the ALMS in 1999 at Road Atlanta. "It makes for a challenging first year, but the only way for us to grow as a team is to run with the best."
Van Overbeek, from San Francisco, made 18 starts in the American Le Mans Series in the 1999 and 2000 seasons for BMW Team PTG, posting six podium finishes, including the win at Road Atlanta. He is an eight-year veteran of professional road racing.
Law, from Phoenix, has competed in 13 ALMS races and in 1999 co-drove with van Overbeek to two podium finishes. He competed in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta that ended the 2003 ALMS season.
Pechnik, who has been racing for 12 years and has been an instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School, is from Pacific Grove, Calif., while Neiman is from Burlingame, Calif.
Van Overbeek is one of the team's principals, along with Pechnik, Neiman, team manager Eric Ingraham, crew chief Tommy Sadler and chief engineer Craig Watkins. Partners include Shoreline Communications, Inc., Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., and Michelin Tires.
"Tires are the foundation on any race car," said Watkins. "Having the product and technical support from Michelin will help us get the most out of our Porsche RSRs in the coming year."
Another Sonoma-based team, The Racers Group, recently announced a two-car effort in the GT class of the ALMS for 2004 with rising young American racing star Patrick Long as one of its drivers.
"We welcome Flying Lizard Motorsports to the American Le Mans Series," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the ALMS. "They will be running a first-class racing team in one of the toughest classes of competition that exists in the world of professional sports car racing. We look forward to a superb season of competition in the GT class and in all four classes that make up the series."
The 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will get the green flag at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, and will be televised live from flag-to-flag by the Speed Channel. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.
Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling (863) 655-1442 (toll-free 800-626-RACE).