Lizards on Pole for 2011 Rolex 24

January 27, 2011

Patrick Long and Flying Lizard Motorsport will start the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona from pole position, after Long’s teammate Jörg Bergmeister set a new track record during qualifying today. The German, driving the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche-powered Riley Daytona Prototype, broke the lap record on the road course at Daytona International Speedway with a last-gasp effort and a time of 1:40.099 (128.033 mph). The team has made a strong impression in its Prototype debut at Daytona, having consistently lapped in the top 5 overall, and now claiming pole position.

“I was ready to come in, and the team told me to try again,” Bergmeister said. “I went for it. I risked everything, and it worked out perfectly. I knew we have a great car and a great engine, but I was really surprised to win the pole – with the team running the DP for the first time. I was hoping to qualify in the top five.”