Flying Lizard to Return to Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan. 5, 2005- SONOMA, Calif.--Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today that the team will field the No. 75 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the GT category at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, February 5-6. The...
Flying Lizard to Return to Rolex 24 at Daytona
Jan. 5, 2005- SONOMA, Calif.--Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today that the team will field the No. 75 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the GT category at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, February 5-6. The Sonoma, California-based team returns to Daytona after finishing second in class and third overall in the same race in 2004.
Last month, the team announced their full-time driver roster for 2005 of Johannes van Overbeek, Jon Fogarty, Lonnie Pechnik, and Seth Neiman. Porsche Motorsports driver Patrick Long will also join the team for the Rolex 24 race, rounding out the driver lineup. In 2004, van Overbeek and Long both ranked among the top 10 Porsche drivers in the world, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively, in the prestigious Porsche Cup.
"The Rolex 24 will be an important race. It's our first event of the year and our first 24-hour race since the 2004 Rolex 24 when we came very close to winning in GT," said van Overbeek. "That said, we've definitely got our work cut out for us. The new Grand-Am car regulations for 2005 and the moisture and sand of Daytona will make setting up a balanced car a challenge. But we've now got a year of experience under our belts; we'll see how that plays out in this year's race."
"Having precisely the right race and pit stop strategy is critical in a 24-hour event," added Thomas Blam, Flying Lizard chief strategist. "We'll have more than 20 pit stops and five drivers to share driving duties, so we have to take every opportunity to turn pit stops and our race strategy into an advantage. In 2004, the team put a lot of focus on improving our pit stop performance and we intend to build on that."
For the team's complete schedule, go to www.lizardms.com
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard Motorsports will begin its 2005 schedule with the first race of the season on the Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series circuit, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, fielding the No. 75 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car under the team's distinctive silver and red livery. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the world's premiere endurance sports car races, run on a challenging 3.56-mile combination super-speedway and road course at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. For more information on the race, visit www.grand-am.com.
In 2005, their second year of competition as a team, Flying Lizard will compete in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), running the entire 10-race ALMS season this year. This follows their highly successful inaugural season in which the team finished second in class in both Drivers' and Team points in the 2004 ALMS championship. For more information on the ALMS, visit www.americanlemans.com.
In the ALMS, the two Flying Lizard metallic silver and red Porsche 911 GT3 RSR cars, No. 44 and No. 45, are sponsored by ShoreTel, the innovation leader in enterprise IP telephony; eSilicon, a manufacturer of custom computer chips; and Brocade, the leading provider of storage area networking solutions.
The team is managed by six principals: drivers Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman; chief engineer Craig Watkins; crew chief Tommy Sadler; and team manager Eric Ingraham.
Visit the team website at www.lizardms.com.