Flying Lizard Welcomes PortalPlayer as New Sponsor for Monterey Sports Car Championships October 13, 2005 - Sonoma, CA - Heading into the Monterey Sports Car Championships this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Flying Lizard Motorsports' No.
Flying Lizard Welcomes PortalPlayer as New Sponsor for Monterey Sports Car Championships
October 13, 2005 - Sonoma, CA - Heading into the Monterey Sports Car Championships this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Flying Lizard Motorsports' No. 44 and No. 45 Porsches will sport the PortalPlayer (Nasdaq: PLAY) name and music note logo for the final race of the 2005 ALMS season. PortalPlayer, based in San Jose, CA, develops chips and software for today's most popular MP3 personal media players. PortalPlayer joins current Flying Lizard 2005 sponsors eSilicon and ShoreTel on the livery of the team's two red, black, and silver Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs.
"PortalPlayer is delighted to be a part of the Flying Lizard program for the ALMS season finale," said PortalPlayer CEO Gary Johnson. "Like the leaders in racing, PortalPlayer is a winning team in our industry. There are many parallels between leading technology companies and leading racing teams. It's about teamwork, commitment, communication, and most importantly, being able to plan for the expected while still preparing for the unanticipated."
"It is wonderful to have PortalPlayer with us at Laguna," added Seth Neiman, Flying Lizard principal. "The level of intensity and focus they bring to their business is much like the racing world. We both leverage innovation and hard work to compete and win."
Currently third in the chase for the 2005 ALMS GT2 Drivers' championship, Flying Lizard is focused on a strong finish to their second season. "After a strong showing at the Petit Le Mans earlier this month, we are looking forward to a competitive race at Laguna," said Flying Lizard crew chief Tommy Sadler. "No team can afford to back off for this race. At four hours, it's the third-longest race of the season and one of the toughest courses on the ALMS circuit. Combine that with a large field, sunset, and an hour of night racing, and you have a challenging event. We are going into the weekend to race fast and finish with the top of our field."
PortalPlayer develops semiconductor, firmware and software platforms for personal media players that empower consumers to easily purchase, rent, manage, listen to and watch large amounts of digital music, photos and video content. PortalPlayer is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices in Kirkland, Wash., and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit www.portalplayer.com.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
In 2005, their second year of competition, Flying Lizard competes in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). This follows the team's successful inaugural season in which they finished second in class in both Drivers' and Team points in the 2004 ALMS championship.
The red, black and silver No. 44 and No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs are running the entire 10-race ALMS 2005 season. The Porsches are sponsored by PortalPlayer; eSilicon, a semiconductor company that manufactures and designs custom chips for the world's leading electronics companies; and ShoreTel, a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony 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.