May 11, 2004 - Sonoma, Calif. - Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today that Thomas Blam has joined the team as chief strategist. Blam will work closely with the Flying Lizard team engineers and crew in several areas and will lead the on-track racing strategy as the team competes in the 2004 American Le Mans Series of endurance sports car racing.
"Thomas' proven experience as a creative racing strategist will be just one of his important contributions to our team. I first worked with him at my first Pro race at Watkins Glen last year. His decisions created the late race opportunities that led to our victory in the GT class and our finish of third place overall," said team principal Seth Neiman. "Thomas also played a key role in Flying Lizard's podium finish at Daytona and competitive showing at Sebring this March."
Blam will work with the Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR cars: car 45, driven by Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law -- currently fourth in the ALMS GT Drivers Championship -- and car 44, driven by Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman.
"I am excited about joining the Flying Lizard team. I have been impressed by their attention to detail, competitiveness, and intensity. Combine that with the right technology, preparation and strategy, and we will have a solid base for building a winning team," added Blam.
Blam's reputation as a strategist is built on a lifetime of experience and success. Blam began his career in racing strategy while working at his father's renowned race car preparation business, Franz Blam Racing. In the early 90s, Thomas began coaching racing teams on individual race and pit strategy. Since the 2000 racing season, Blam's proven race strategy decisions have been instrumental in winning 24 major races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, and multiple season championships.
Flying Lizard Motorsports is a new team and a new arrival on the scene of the American Le Mans Series of endurance sports car racing. At the team's first race in 2004, they achieved a pole qualifying position in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a close second-place finish at the event. Blam joins the team's six principals, including drivers Neiman, van Overbeek, and Pechnik; chief engineer Craig Watkins; crew chief Tommy Sadler; and team manager Eric Ingraham.
The team's sponsors include two leading technology companies: ShoreTel, a specialist in enterprise IP voice systems, and Brocade Communications Systems, the leading provider of storage area networking solutions. Flying Lizard is also pleased to run Michelin-supplied tires during the 2004 racing season.
About the American Le Mans Series
Founded in 1999, the American Le Mans Series is a series of sports car endurance racing events patterned after the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, one of the world's most prestigious automobile races. American Le Mans Series events feature four-class racing among the top sports car racing drivers and teams in the world. The races are a mix of "sprint" races (2 hours and 45 minutes) and longer races. Two of the most well-known endurance races are the 12-hour race at Sebring and the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
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