Sebring: Flying Lizard qualifying report

Flying Lizard Porsches qualify 5th and 8th at Sebring Johannes van Overbeek led the two-car Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline- Brocade Porsche team in today's qualifying for Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring race, with a 106.322 mph average speed...

Flying Lizard Porsches qualify 5th and 8th at Sebring

Johannes van Overbeek led the two-car Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline- Brocade Porsche team in today's qualifying for Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring race, with a 106.322 mph average speed lap around the 3.7-mile circuit.

The time places van Overbeek fifth in the GT class, one of four classes in this 52nd running of an American auto racing classic.

His teammate, Lonnie Pechnik, qualified eighth fastest with a best lap of 105.326 mph.

Van Overbeek will share the team's new #45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Darren Law and Jon Fogarty. Pechnik will drive the team's #44 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Seth Neiman and Peter Cunningham.

"This was a good qualifying effort for both of us," van Overbeek said, "but even though it is our debut in the American Le Mans Series, we had hoped for a better result. The GT class is the largest in the field in terms of number of cars, and if anything, it was the traffic that slowed both of us. It is comforting to know there's a little left in the car, and we hope to find that in tonight's night practice."

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.

"Our crew chiefs, Tommy Sadler and Paul Truess, as well as chief engineer Craig Watkins, and team manager Eric Ingraham, and the rest of the Flying Lizard crew have done a fantastic job preparing the cars and ourselves," said Pechnik. "We just missed that magic place in the chassis setup by a small amount, but we know the car can be better. Qualifying is a small first step in the event as a whole, so we'll now turn our focus to the race itself, and make the cars as bulletproof and consistent as possible.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be broadcast live by the SPEED Channel on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. EST. The race takes the green flag at 10:30 a.m.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Craig Watkins , Darren Law , Peter Cunningham , Johannes van Overbeek , Seth Neiman , Lonnie Pechnik
Teams Flying Lizard Motorsports