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Flying Lizard Team Heads to Lime Rock Fresh From GT Class Win at Mid-Ohio June 30, 2004--Sonoma, CA-- Flying Lizard Motorsports, fresh from their first American Le Mans Series win last Sunday at Mid-Ohio, heads to Lime Rock Park for Monday's...

Flying Lizard Team Heads to Lime Rock Fresh From GT Class Win at Mid-Ohio

June 30, 2004--Sonoma, CA-- Flying Lizard Motorsports, fresh from their first American Le Mans Series win last Sunday at Mid-Ohio, heads to Lime Rock Park for Monday's New England Grand Prix, the third ALMS race of the season.

At Mid-Ohio, Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law drove the metallic silver and red Flying Lizard #45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to a resounding GT-class win from a fourth-place qualifying position.

van Overbeek and Law are now second in the GT-class Drivers Championship points chase, six points behind Timo Bernhard in one of the Alex Job Racing Porsches.

The #45 Porsche will be joined at Lime Rock by Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman in the team's #44 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which is replacing the regular #44 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, which was destroyed during practice at Mid-Ohio.

"2004 is a development year for the Flying Lizard team," said Neiman. "We learned a lot at Sebring and have been able to build on that. Over the last several months, we've focused on building our team and putting in place the right operations. We were really happy to see our hard work start to pay off at Mid-Ohio."

van Overbeek added, "Mid-Ohio was very competitive, but we started out strong and fast and held that consistently through the race. Darren moved quickly from fourth place qualifying position to third, then to second. When we pitted, our pit crew, lead by crew chief Tommy Sadler and team strategist Thomas Blam, got us out of the pits ahead of the race leader. I think that decided the race."

"The car ran great at Mid-Ohio. The crew's performance in the pits made a solid race," said Law. "Lime Rock is a short course. The key to a good race here is to stay on the racing surface and make the right passing decisions. There are few good places to pass at Lime Rock, and only one of them - down the front straight - can be done under power. The others are done under braking, so we have to pick and choose our battles."

Pechnik added, "Mid-Ohio was a tough weekend for the #44 team. After the crash in practice, the team essentially created an entirely new car based on a 911 GT3 RS in just 12 hours. We were still able to qualify seventh in the #44 RS, which is a testament to the capability and focus of the crew and mechanics. It's disappointing that we won't have the RSR back at Lime Rock, but we'll do our best to support the team."

About Flying Lizard Motorsports

Flying Lizard Motorsports is a new team on the scene of the American Le Mans Series of sports car racing. At their second ALMS race as a team, the 2004 American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, they won the GT class. At their first race of 2004, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, they qualified on the pole in the GT class, and finished second in class and third overall.

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 Flying Lizard metallic silver and red Porsches are sponsored by ShoreTel, a specialist in enterprise IP voice systems; eSilicon, a manufacturer of high-tech 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 , Darren Law , Timo Bernhard , Johannes van Overbeek , Seth Neiman , Lonnie Pechnik , Alex Job
Teams Flying Lizard Motorsports