Sebring: Flying Lizard hour four notes

Flying Lizard Porsches Running Strong in 12 Hours of Sebring Johannes van Overbeek, Jon Fogarty and Darren Law have kept the two-car Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline-Brocade Porsche team in the hunt during the first third of the 12 Hours...

Flying Lizard Porsches Running Strong in 12 Hours of Sebring

Johannes van Overbeek, Jon Fogarty and Darren Law have kept the two-car Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline-Brocade Porsche team in the hunt during the first third of the 12 Hours of Sebring race.

Van Overbeek, who started the race from the third position in the GT class, put the team's #45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR into the class lead for the first 100 minutes on the 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway circuit.

The team lost one lap 90 minutes into the race to replace a battery.

Van Overbeek returned to the cockpit at 2:20 p.m. EST, taking over from Fogarty, who turned the fastest lap times of all GT class competitors during his stint. This is the first race in a closed-cockpit car for Fogarty, the 2002 Toyota Atlantic series champion.

"Our stated goals for this race were to have a good finish, and to leave the track knowing more than we did when we arrived. This is a young team, we're still jelling, and it is our first race with Porsche's 2004 model race car. We're learning more every hour the race goes on, and the crews for both cars are functioning as units," he said.

"Even though our lap speeds are consistently at or near the top of the GT class, we know we have work to do, and we know we can get better. We're not yet where we want to be, but the race has more than eight hours to go."

The team's second car, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS is being driven by Lonnie Pechnik, Seth Neiman and Peter Cunningham. That car lost time in the pits while the crew replaced a power steering line. "I'm really happy with the car," Pechnik said. "The one thing that has amazed me, though, is how 'interesting' it becomes to try and steer the car when one of the Prototypes blazes by me, maybe 40 mph faster than I'm going, and their aerodynamic design literally takes all the air off the nose of my car."

The team has two primary partners, 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.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which ends at 10:30 p.m. EST, is being broadcast live by the SPEED Channel.

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