Flying Lizard Takes Second and Sixth at Portland Grand Prix July 25, 2004 - Portland, Ore.-- In an exciting GT-class battle up until the checkered flag, Flying Lizard No. 45 overcame a last minute engine change and a start from...
Flying Lizard Takes Second and Sixth at Portland Grand Prix
July 25, 2004 - Portland, Ore.-- In an exciting GT-class battle up until the checkered flag, Flying Lizard No. 45 overcame a last minute engine change and a start from pit lane to finish second in GT class at the Portland Grand Prix today. Sister car No. 44, finished sixth with another solid run. This is the fourth consecutive podium finish for the newly formed GT team, coming off of a second place finish at Infineon Raceway last weekend.
In a heated battle near the end of the race, driver Darren Law overtook the second place GT leader to pull the No. 45 to second, after co-driver Johannes van Overbeek, who had begun the race, had steadily progressed through the GT field from the last place starting position. "I pushed and gave it everything I had at the end to move to second," said Law. "I had locked up my brakes about 10 minutes before the end of the race, which caused me to go off course and lose some of the ground that I had worked so hard for. But in the end, we were able to pull it out."
In the final lap of morning warm up before the race, the No. 45 engine began vibrating strongly, which necessitated an engine change. Crew Chief Tommy Sadler described the rapid motor change, "We got the car back around 11 a.m. In an hour and a half our crew of mechanics and engineers were able to change the engine, replace the wiring harness, and some key components. A tremendous thanks to our crew, Porsche, and our fellow teams who helped out to get us back on the track in time for the race, especially the Petersen/White Lightning team."
"It was a shame that we had the problem with the car so late in warm up because our setup was so solid," added van Overbeek. "We pushed and pushed all race long. When I turned over the wheel to Darren I knew he could continue the momentum. The team did an amazing job getting the engine changed right before the race and it really paid off."
The No. 44 car, driven by Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman, had a solid race. The team lost a lap due to an unplanned pit stop early in the race, but Pechnik moved methodically through the GT field to end the race with their best ALMS finish to date. "We entered the race with a good setup and it showed - both Seth and I delivered some fast and consistent lap times. The Michelins held up extremely well during my stint - both in yesterday's extreme heat and in today's race conditions."
The two-car team holds the lead for GT Drivers' points and is second in team points. Next stop for the Flying Lizard squad is the Grand Prix of Mosport on August 6-8.
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 custom computer chips; and Brocade, the leading provider of storage area networking solutions.
Visit the team website at www.lizardms.com.