Flying Lizard Motorsports Takes ALMS GT Class Driver Points Lead Team Porsches Finish 2nd and 7th in GT at Lime Rock July 5, 2004--Lakeville, CT-- Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law drove the Flying Lizard Motorsports ...
Flying Lizard Motorsports Takes ALMS GT Class Driver Points Lead
Team Porsches Finish 2nd and 7th in GT at Lime Rock
July 5, 2004--Lakeville, CT-- Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law drove the Flying Lizard Motorsports #45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to a second place GT class finish in today's New England Grand Prix race at Lime Rock Park. This finish on top of their GT-class win at Mid-Ohio last week, puts van Overbeek and Law in the lead position in American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Drivers' Championship points in the GT class.
The #44 Flying Lizard Porsche, driven by Lonnie Pechnik of Pacific Grove, Calif. and Seth Neiman of Burlingame, Calif., had a solid race, finishing 7th in class after a 9th place start. .
The moment the green flag fell at the start of the two hour, 45-minute race on the hilly 1.54-mile road course, a light rain began to fall, and nearly every team brought their cars into the pits to change to rain tires. The rain stopped and the track dried only 13 laps later, mandating another change back to slick-surfaced "dry" tires. "With threatening rain clouds and many cars spinning on the wet surface, we made the decision to switch to rain tires at the first yellow, just a few minutes into the race," said Thomas Blam, chief strategist. "The rain stopped quickly and we switched back to slicks.".
In #45, van Overbeek took the green flag from eighth on the grid and drove the car for 60 laps, before turning it over to Law, who eight laps later simultaneously passed both the leading and second place cars to put his car back on the lead lap. .
"We gained an advantage about two hours into the race after a second fast pit stop," said crew chief Tommy Sadler. "The crew performed a great tire change which allowed us to get out in front of the leader and not go a lap down.".
"It was a great race to the finish," said Law. "I was driving the car extremely hard in the last hour and had to hold off a strong push by the #24 Alex Job Racing Porsche. "A late yellow flag caused the field to bunch up before the race ran under green for the remaining seven laps." .
van Overbeek added, "This was a tough race at the start - slippery and congested. I had to push hard to keep us in a good position to allow us to benefit from our strategy later in the race.".
It was a busy nine days for the Flying Lizard crew. After the team's #44 GT3 RSR was destroyed in practice at Mid-Ohio, the crew prepped a spare RS chassis in 12 hours to use there, and then built a new #44 RSR for the race at Lime Rock this week. "The new car is running really well," said Neiman, who drove for the last half of today's race. "Lonnie and I are happy to be back on track in a competitive car.".
Pechnik added "It was tough at the start of the race - very slick and a crowded field. With a yellow flag just one lap into the race, it was a tense situation for the first 30-40 minutes - it seemed that every lap cars were spinning and having problems. Lime Rock showed us today why it deserves its reputation."
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.