FLYING START FOR LIZARDS IN CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE It would be hard for Flying Lizard Motorsports' defense of its American Le Mans Series GT2 championship to get off to a much better start. One of its Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs has won...
FLYING START FOR LIZARDS IN CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE
It would be hard for Flying Lizard Motorsports' defense of its American Le Mans Series GT2 championship to get off to a much better start. One of its Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs has won twice in the Series' toughest and most competitive class. The other has charged through the field in each of the first three rounds, improving its standing by an average of more than six spots from start to finish.
Porsche factory drivers Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 45 Porsche are on a two-race win streak for the Lizards, who won their first GT2 championship last year. Darren Law and Seth Neiman, sharing the No. 44 entry, have finished fifth in each of the first three rounds.
"Our objective is fairly obvious and not surprising - to win the championships...team, driver and manufacturer," said team manager Eric Ingraham. "Having two strong cars is great. It's inevitable that the No. 45 will run into some challenges at some point and you hope it is minimal. If it's not, then it's good to know that the No. 44 car has been running so well so early in the season."
Long and Bergmeister won by two laps at St. Petersburg and held a comfortable 30-second lead at Long Beach before the race ended under caution. Neiman and Law - still flying high after his overall win at the Daytona 24 Hours this year - moved up five spots from their starting position there; they improved six spots at St. Petersburg and eight at Sebring to open the season.
Having strong and consistent performances hasn't altered the strategy on either car at this point. Ingraham calls the shots for the Law/Neiman Porsche while Thomas Blam is the strategist for the Bergmeister/Long entry.
"You have to take the right amount of risk," Ingraham said. "You can't just run around and hope it's good enough to do well. The other teams in GT2 are just too good. We run both cars as strong as we can."
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix from Miller Motorsports Park. The race is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 17. SPEED will broadcast the race starting at 10 p.m. EDT on the same day. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com. You can also follow the Series on Twitter.
The race also will include the season-long MICHELIN Green X Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com or millermotorsportspark.com.