Flying Lizard Fifth and Ninth in GT2 on Provisional Grid for Mosport September 2, 2006--Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada--The Flying Lizard No. 45 and No. 44 Porsches are fifth and ninth, respectively, on the provisional grid for the Labor Day Grand...
Flying Lizard Fifth and Ninth in GT2 on Provisional Grid for Mosport
September 2, 2006--Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada--The Flying Lizard No. 45 and No. 44 Porsches are fifth and ninth, respectively, on the provisional grid for the Labor Day Grand Prix of Mosport. However, once the final grid is complete, the team anticipates that they will start from third and sixth positions. This is the result of three GT2 cars having to start from the rear of the grid because their drivers were unavailable for the practice sessions, which is required by IMSA regulations.
The qualifying session was cancelled today due to heavy rain as the tail end of Hurricane Ernesto hit the Toronto area. The teams ran two practice sessions earlier today, but by the end of the second session, the weather had degraded substantially and cars were having a tough time staying on the track. In lieu of qualifying, starting positions were determined by each car's fastest time over the three practice sessions held today and Friday. Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 45 and Lonnie Pechnik in the No. 44 set the team's fastest times in those sessions.
The driver line-up for Mosport will be van Overbeek, who is leading in the ALMS drivers' GT2 championship points, and Marc Lieb in the No. 45 Porsche. Lieb is filling in for Johannes' regular teammate Wolf Henzler who has a scheduling conflict with the Mosport race. (Henzler will be back with van Overbeek for Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca.) Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman will team up once again in the team's No. 44 Porsche. The team is leading in the ALMS GT2 team championship points as they head into the eighth of the 10-race season.
"It was a skating rink out there today," said van Overbeek of the afternoon session. "This is a tough track in the rain: if something happens, you are likely to impact the wall: there's no runoff and no time to recover. We needed to run today to make sure we have a rain race setup in case it rains tomorrow, but it was tough to keep it together out there."
From the Pits The Labor Day Grand Prix of Mosport starts at 3 pm ET on Sunday, Sept 3. The race will be broadcast on live on SpeedTV beginning at 3 pm. The race will also be broadcast by www.radiolemans.com.
The Lizards normally broadcast radio transmission during each race, but due to lack of Internet connection at the Mosport facility, this feature may not be available at this race. It will be back again at Petit Le Mans in Atlanta.
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