Flying Lizard Readies for Road America Aug. 19, 2004 - ELKHART LAKE, Wis.--Flying Lizard Motorsports arrived in Wisconsin this week for the Road America 500, the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series. 2004 is the debut year for the ...
Flying Lizard Readies for Road America
Aug. 19, 2004 - ELKHART LAKE, Wis.--Flying Lizard Motorsports arrived in Wisconsin this week for the Road America 500, the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series. 2004 is the debut year for the Sonoma, California-based GT team and its two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs. Porsche No. 45, piloted by Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law, leads the GT Drivers' Championship points this season. Porsche No. 44, driven by Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman, arrives in Road America fresh from its first-ever GT pole position at Mosport.
After a week-long break between races, Flying Lizard crew chief Tommy Sadler commented, "Last week, it was great to be able to focus on the cars outside of the track environment. Road America will be a challenging race and strategy will play a big role. The 4.048 mile distance and the long straightaways introduce more complexity: fuel consumption will be an issue, and longer laps mean less time to finalize setup changes."
van Overbeek added, "Road America is fast and varied; it's one of my favorite circuits. This will be a closely matched, highly competitive race in the GT field. The longer track will mean less traffic than we saw at Mosport, but will increase the differential in class speeds, which should keep things interesting."
Teammate Pechnik commented, "I'm looking forward to racing this weekend. This is the first time that Seth and I have driven at Road America. It's a fast track and the cooler than expected temperatures should make it even faster."
The Road America 500 will get the green flag at 1 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, August 22. SPEED Channel will carry the race live and the ALMS Radio Web will have live audio coverage at www.americanlemans.com. The race will also be broadcast live in Europe by MotorsTV.
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.