Lizards Complete Successful Test of the No. 45 Porsche-powered Riley Daytona Prototype
January 9, 2011 - Daytona Beach, FL - Flying Lizard completed a successful test at Daytona this weekend, with the official inaugural run of the team's No. 45 Porsche-powered Riley Daytona Prototype. Drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA), Seth Neiman (USA), and Johannes van Overbeek (USA) participated in the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 test. The four drivers will pilot the No. 45 DP for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 29-30, 2011.
Team Perspective on the Test: Flying Lizard chief engineer Craig Watkins: "This is our first time running a Daytona Prototype so there is a lot that's new. It took some time at the beginning for us to get to know the car and to integrate the new crew that we have for this race. We got off to a slow start, but once we got our arms around the car, we progressed steadily over the sessions. We're thrilled to be here."
Driver Patrick Long: "I'm pleased with the progress that we made over the weekend in tuning the car. It's been a steep learning curve to come right into it with a brand new car, but we definitely met our test objectives. We still have more on our list to try during race week; we're leaving today feeling optimistic that we'll have a solid racecar for the 24."
Driver Joerg Bergmeister, "We had a good three days and saw the car get better and better in each session. We also worked a lot on driver comfort and driver changes, getting everything sorted out so we'll have one less thing to worry about during race week. By the last few sessions, we were fairly competitive - it's definitely going to be an interesting race."
Driver Johannes van Overbeek: "It was good to be back here with old friends. I enjoyed driving the DP; it was the first time I've driven a prototype. Once I adapted to the car, I liked it quite a bit; I'm definitely looking forward to the race."
-source: flying lizard motorsports