Bergmeister Puts the No. 45 DP on the Overall Pole for Rolex 24 At Daytona; Sets New Track Record
January 27, 2011 - Daytona Beach, FL - Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) set a new DP record of 1:40.099 at the Daytona International Speedway today, putting the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche-Powered DP on the overall pole for Saturday's Rolex 24 race. The No. 45 Daytona Protoype is powered by a Porsche Motorsport-prepared, 911-based flat-6 engine and the chassis, previously run by Brumos Racing, won the race overall in 2009. Joining Bergmeister for the 24 hour race (January 29-30) are drivers Patrick Long (USA), Seth Neiman (USA), and Johannes van Overbeek (USA).
Bergmeister commented on qualifying, "It was a great team effort. This is the Lizards' first time running a DP; everyone put their heads down and we learned step by step, improving the setup incrementally as we understood more about the car."
"Nearing the end of the session, I was in P3, and didn't expect much more," he continued. "But after our strategist Thomas Blam told me the gap to first was only nine one-hundredths of a second, I decided to go for it and I was able to pull it out. That was the first qualifying session in which I didn't take a breath during the entire lap! In the end the pole is nice to have but is just the first step in what will be a very long and difficult race."