Flying Lizard adds Two Championship Winners to Petit Le Mans Driver Roster Sept. 15, 2004 - BRASELTON, Ga.--Flying Lizard Motorsports arrives in Georgia this week to prepare for the 1,000 mile, 10-hour Chevy presents Petit Le Mans...
Flying Lizard adds Two Championship Winners to Petit Le Mans Driver Roster
Sept. 15, 2004 - BRASELTON, Ga.--Flying Lizard Motorsports arrives in Georgia this week to prepare for the 1,000 mile, 10-hour Chevy presents Petit Le Mans endurance race Sept. 25 at Road Atlanta, round eight of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). At next week's race, the team will host two additional drivers: Patrick Huisman will join Johannes van Overbeek and Darren Law in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and Jon Fogarty will drive with Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman in the No. 44 Porsche.
A native of The Netherlands, Huisman has been racing sports cars on the European circuit for more than 17 years. He has competed in the Porsche Supercup series since 1996, winning four consecutive Supercup championship titles from 1997-2000. He has competed in numerous endurance races in his career, with class wins at the 1992 24 Hours of Nurburgring, the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 1999 12 Hours of Sebring. This will be Huismans' first drive with the Flying Lizard team and his second Petit Le Mans race.
Fogarty joins the team fresh from winning the highly competitive 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship last week at Laguna Seca, his second championship title in the series, which he also won in 2002. This year's Petit Le Mans will be Fogarty's second ALMS race with the team. He drove with van Overbeek and Law in the No. 45 car at the 12 Hours of Sebring last March, setting the fastest race lap in GT in his first endurance race, and finishing fourth in GT.
"Petit Le Mans will be our first long race since Sebring. Over the last six months, we've learned an incredible amount, but this will be a tough race in a very competitive field," commented Flying Lizard crew chief Tommy Sadler.
He continued, "Adding new drivers to the mix always makes it interesting; but we invested a lot of time in finding the right drivers to complement the team. Patrick is one of the most accomplished Porsche drivers in Europe today and he understands the unique challenges of endurance racing. Jon brings a solid racing background to the team and he showed us at Sebring what he could do in Porsches - clocking the fastest GT-class race lap more than 11 hours into the race."
"The Petit Le Mans is one of the most prestigious endurance races to run in the U.S. It will be great to be racing again here in a Porsche in such a competitive field and driving with the Flying Lizard team," said Huisman.
Fogarty added "I'm looking forward to being back in the red and silver Flying Lizard Porsche. The team has come a long way since Sebring and it should be an exciting race."
Chevy presents Petit Le Mans will get the green flag at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Sept. 25. SPEED Channel will carry the race live, beginning with pre-race coverage at 11:30 am ET. The ALMS Radio Web will have live audio coverage at www.americanlemans.com. The race will also be broadcast live in Europe by MotorsTV, beginning at 17:30 Central European Time.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard Motorsports is a new team on the scene of the American Le Mans Series of sports car racing. 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.