Flying Lizard Porsches Prepare for Grueling 12 Hours of Sebring March 1, 2004 - SONOMA, Calif. -- The Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline-Brocade Porsche team, fresh from a dramatic second place in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Daytona, is ...
Flying Lizard Porsches Prepare for Grueling 12 Hours of Sebring
March 1, 2004 - SONOMA, Calif. -- The Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline-Brocade Porsche team, fresh from a dramatic second place in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Daytona, is readying its Porsches for the most grueling race in the American Le Mans Series, the 52nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
A solid finish in the March 20 race on the 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway circuit in Sebring, Fla., will give the new-to-ALMS team a confidence boost as they face the remaining eight races in the series.
"The 52-year old Sebring race makes for a daunting, but exciting, debut for Flying Lizard Motorsports in the ALMS," said Johannes van Overbeek, one of the Flying Lizard Motorsports team's six principals.
"Three of our drivers, Peter Cunningham, Darren Law, and myself, have raced in the 12-hour. However, this will be the first 12-hour start for our other three drivers, and a debut for one of our new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race cars."
Van Overbeek and Law will team at Sebring with Jon Fogarty, San Francisco, Calif., winner of the 2002 Formula Atlantic championship as a rookie, but new to GT cars.
Cunningham, whose 75 career race wins tops all comers in the last 40 years of North American professional road racing, will share the team's second car with Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman.
"Both Peter and Darren know Sebring well, and Jon's test with us at Sebring was very impressive. We have confidence in his ability to quickly- adapt to a new kind of race format, and become as consistent in our Porsche as he has been in Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights and Barber Dodge Pro Series cars," said Flying Lizard Crew Chief Tommy Sadler. "Peter had a great run for us in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and we're happy he will be joining us at Sebring."
The team has two primary partners, Shoreline Communications, Inc., and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Shoreline Communications, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the specialist in enterprise IP voice systems.
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., is the leading provider of networked data storage systems through their Brocade SilkWorm® switches and software. The company's world headquarters is in San Jose, Calif.
The Flying Lizard Motorsports team made its debut last June with a Grand American Rolex series win at Watkins Glen, followed by a trio of second place finishes.
"We've developed a great chemistry in the team and learned to take things one step at a time, only after confirming that the last step was as solid as the one before it. We are learning when we need to move quickly, and when we need to slow down. Win, lose, or draw, we will be smarter after the 12 Hours of Sebring than we are leading up to it," van Overbeek added.