Flying Lizard Porsches Qualify 2nd and 3rd for Long Beach Grand Prix April 13, 2007--Long Beach, Calif.--The Lizard squad qualified second and third in GT2 today for Saturday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third race of the 12-race ALMS...
Flying Lizard Porsches Qualify 2nd and 3rd for Long Beach Grand Prix
April 13, 2007--Long Beach, Calif.--The Lizard squad qualified second and third in GT2 today for Saturday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third race of the 12-race ALMS season and the second of four street circuits this year.
Patrick Long brought the No. 44 into second position, just behind Mika Salo in the the No. 62 Risi Ferrari. This is highest qualifying position for the No. 44 since Lonnie Pechnik qualified on the pole at Mosport in 2004. In the No. 45, Joerg Bergmeister qualified third, just three hundredths of a second behind Long.
Tomorrow, the two Lizard Porsches will start together on the grid when the race gets the green flag at 4 pm Pacific Time in downtown Long Beach. Joerg Bergmeister and Johannes van Overbeek, both second in the ALMS GT2 drivers' points chase, will pilot the Lizard's No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. In the No. 44 Porsche, Long and Darren Law will complete the team's lineup.
Long commented on the session, "Things felt pretty good out there. It took a few laps to get the tires up to temperature, but once there, the Porsche was handling well. We've had almost no setup time, so the trick is to quickly get to something we're comfortable with and stay there. The team's obviously learned a lot about the new Porsches at Sebring and St. Pete because they came here with a good starting point and we've got a solid car for tomorrow."
Joerg added, "I didn't really get a perfect lap together in qualifying, but I'm pretty happy with the Porsche and we should have a good racecar too. Just like at St. Pete, this is going to be a tight race. In the end, it's all about finishing the race -- our goal is to finish and finish on the podium."
Darren Law, who drove the No. 44 in this morning's short practice session, added "The crew did a great job delivering a completely ready car for this morning's short session. All of the drivers learned a lot this morning though about what the race will be like. It's a hard course. In most corners there is just one line: if the prototypes are trying to push through and you go off line you are in trouble. And on the slow corners, the prototypes are no faster than the GT2 cars which makes it pretty tricky to navigate. Should be fun!"