Daytona 24: Flying Lizard Motorsports Thursday report

Van Overbeek earns Rolex 24 GT Class Pole. Johannes van Overbeek won the GT category pole position for Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona, driving the ...

Van Overbeek earns Rolex 24 GT Class Pole.

Johannes van Overbeek won the GT category pole position for Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona, driving the #74 Flying Lizard Motorsports Shoreline- Brocade Porsche 911 Cup to a best lap of 1:13.059mph on the 3.56-mile combination high-speed oval and infield road course at Daytona International Speedway.

His teammate, Lonnie Pechnik, driving the #75 Shoreline-Brocade Porsche GT3 RS, qualified second fastest at a 111.161mph.

Comments by Johannes van Overbeek:

"We had inklings the Cup car would be a competitive car, purely because of its aerodynamics. It gives up some (time) in the infield because it doesn't have the wheel track width the RS car has. With the package we're using, we give up only a few horsepower to our other car, but we have the advantage of aerodynamics.

"I've always liked driving at Daytona; my first Rolex 24 was here in 1999. To go fast, you always have to be pushing the car, but you don't get the sensation of speed at Daytona like you would at a smaller track.

"Driving the race itself it another matter though. With close to 60 cars on the track, it is like walking barefoot through tall grass filled with rattlesnakes."

Comment by Team Manager Eric Ingraham:

"The entire team, working under Crew Chief Tommy Sadler and Chief Engineer Craig Watkins have done a great job preparing both cars since the testing earlier this month. Both Johannes and Lonnie showed the talent in qualifying we all know they have."

The race will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 1 p.m. EST Saturday.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Craig Watkins , Johannes van Overbeek , Lonnie Pechnik
Teams Flying Lizard Motorsports