Lizards Ready for ALMS Round Four at Salt Lake City: Bergmeister and Long Look to Hold Their GT Championship Lead July 6, 2010 -- Sonoma, Calif. -- Flying Lizard Motorsports returns to ALMS racing this weekend for round four of the season at ...
Lizards Ready for ALMS Round Four at Salt Lake City:
Bergmeister and Long Look to Hold Their GT Championship Lead
July 6, 2010 -- Sonoma, Calif. -- Flying Lizard Motorsports returns to ALMS racing this weekend for round four of the season at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City. In the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche, Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long currently lead the GT championship after two consecutive wins at Long Beach and Laguna Seca. In the No. 44 Porsche, Seth Neiman and Darren Law team up again, hoping to shake the bad luck that has dogged the No. 44 since Sebring.
Flying Lizard chief strategist Thomas Blam commented, "Historically we've been fast at Miller: the No. 45 won in 2008 and 2009 and was on the pole at both races. However, things have evolved rapidly this year in the ALMS: BMW has come on very strong over the season and the Corvettes and the Ferraris have been consistently fast. I expect that this will be the first race in which we see how the GT field really stacks up."
In the month-long break since the last ALMS race at Laguna Seca, the Lizards travelled to Le Mans, France for their sixth Le Mans program. An early retirement of the No. 80 Porsche put an abrupt end to their podium hopes. Blam continued, "The last few years have been challenging ones for us at Le Mans, but we've learned that regardless of the outcome there, we need to transition smoothly back to the rhythm of ALMS racing. We are less than a third of the way through the ALMS season so the next few races are pivotal. And this one is going to be tough - any one of 10 cars could run up front in GT. From a strategy perspective, we could see a race with very few or no cautions. If that happens, a chance at the podium depends on being able to get to the front of the field on speed and then hold that position without losing any advantage in the pits."
The Lizards tested at Utah earlier this year. Flying Lizard Chief Engineer Craig Watkins commented, "At the test in April we learned quite a bit about what the car and tires need at this track. It will be much warmer this weekend so not everything that we learned at the test will be applicable, but hopefully we'll have a good start on our setup. At this circuit, we have to balance getting enough downforce for the many long, high-speed turns without sacrificing the speed required for the fast sections. Managing tire wear will be crucial: we have to understand exactly how the tires will wear through the stint given the heat and the possibility that we will have limited cautions."
Follow the Race The race will get the green flag on Sunday July 11 at 2:35 pm MT (1:35 pm PT/4:35 pm ET). It will be broadcast live on SpeedTV starting at 2:30 pm MT and tape delayed on MotorsTV in Europe, starting Sun, July 18 at 16.45h GMT; 17.45h CET. Flying Lizard will broadcast their team radio live during the race: for more information, go to www.lizardms.com. Team gear will be available in the paddock at the race and online at www.lizardms.com/store.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports Flying Lizard Motorsports competes in the American Le Mans Series GT class. The team has finished in the top three in the ALMS GT2 drivers' and team championships every year since 2004, their first year of professional competition. In 2009, the team swept all ALMS GT2 titles: Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won the drivers' championship in the No. 45; Flying Lizard won the team championship; Porsche won the manufacturer championship; and the Flying Lizard No. 44 Porsche won the Michelin Green X Challenge championship (new for 2009). It is the team's second consecutive triple championship: in 2008 Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler won the ALMS GT2 drivers' title in the No. 45; Flying Lizard won the team championship; and Porsche won the manufacturers' title.
Flying Lizard has also competed in the 24 Heures du Mans from 2005 through 2010, finishing third in 2005, fourth in 2006, and sixth in 2008. The privateer team is based in Sonoma, California.
Flying Lizard is sponsored by ShoreTel, a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony solutions; Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), a global software innovator delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services; eSilicon, a semiconductor company; and RedlineCoffee.com, a premium coffee company dedicated to motorsport enthusiasts. Team partners include Porsche and Michelin.