Flying Lizard Motorsports returns in 2005

Flying Lizard to Compete in 2005 American Le Mans Series; Team to Field Two Porsches in Second Year of Competition Dec. 7, 2004- SONOMA, Calif.--Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today that the team will compete in the GT2 class (previously ...

Flying Lizard to Compete in 2005 American Le Mans Series; Team to Field Two Porsches in Second Year of Competition

Dec. 7, 2004- SONOMA, Calif.--Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today that the team will compete in the GT2 class (previously called GT) in the upcoming 10-race, 2005 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season. The Sonoma, California-based team will again field two Porsche GT3 911 RSRs, No. 44 and No. 45, in a distinctive silver and red livery. For the 2004 ALMS season, the team's first year in competition, Flying Lizard finished second in GT in both the Drivers Championship and overall team points.

Flying Lizard Crew Chief Tommy Sadler talked about the upcoming season, "We're looking forward to getting back on track at the ALMS season-opener, the Twelve Hours of Sebring, in March. We'll see what a difference a year makes as we take the Porsches out for our second ALMS season. We've still got a long way to go and the next few months will be extremely important as we prepare the cars and the crew for a challenging 2005 season."

The team expects to run Michelin-supplied tires again on the two Porsches in the 2005 ALMS series. Paul Truess, Flying Lizard No. 44 car chief, added, "Last year, with the help of Porsche and Michelin, we learned what it takes to keep the Porsches competitive on track. 2005 should be another year of tough competition in the GT2 class. With a longer ALMS race season of 10 races instead of nine, our challenge is to keep building on what we learned in 04 and do everything we can to stay one step ahead of the competition."

See the 2005 Flying Lizard ALMS schedule at www.lizardms.com/schedule.

For Media: Access your online Flying Lizard Media kit at www.lizardms.com/mediakit.

About the American Le Mans Series

The ALMS is one of the world's premier professional sports car championships. Patterned after the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ALMS is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and competes under the same technical rules as the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the sanctioning body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the ALMS, four classes of performance sports cars compete together on the same track in endurance races that range from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 12 hours. In 2005, the ALMS will have two prototype classes, LMP1 and LMP2, and two GT classes based on production street cars, GT1 (formerly GTS) and GT2 (formerly GT). In 2005, the ALMS will host 10 races at race tracks across the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALMS at www.americanlemans.com.

About Flying Lizard Motorsports

Flying Lizard Motorsports competes in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) of sports car racing. The team is managed by six principals, including drivers Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman; chief engineer Craig Watkins; crew chief Tommy Sadler; and team manager Eric Ingraham.

The two Flying Lizard metallic silver and red Porsche 911 GT3 RSR cars 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.

Visit the team website at www.lizardms.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Craig Watkins , Johannes van Overbeek , Seth Neiman , Lonnie Pechnik
Teams Flying Lizard Motorsports