Long Joins Flying Lizard for Rolex 24

December 13, 2010

Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today the driver lineup for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA), Seth Neiman (USA), and Johannes van Overbeek (USA) will pilot the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche-powered Riley Daytona Prototype for the 24-hour race on January 29-30, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Flying Lizard No. 45 DP is powered by a Porsche Motorsport-prepared, 911-based flat-6 engine. The chassis, previously run by Brumos Racing, won the race overall in 2009.

The four drivers also teamed up for the 2010 Rolex 24, finishing second in GT in the No. 67 Flying Lizard/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup car. Bergmeister and Long are Porsche factory drivers. Bergmeister has won three times at the Rolex 24: in GT in 2009 (with Patrick Long), in GT and overall in 2003, and in GT in 2002, all with TRG. Bergmeister and Long have driven together in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the ALMS for the last two seasons. Long has won the ALMS GT drivers’ title three times, all with Bergmeister: 2005, and 2009-2010.

van Overbeek, who drove with the Lizards from 2004-2009 in the ALMS, has competed eight times at the Rolex 24. Notably, in 2007 he finished third with JLowe Racing, in 2004 took the pole and second in GT (and third overall) with Seth Neiman and Mike Rockenfeller in the Flying Lizard No. 74 Porsche and finished third in GT and overall in 2003. All four drivers will participate in the next test January 7-9 at Daytona.

Team Perspective
Tommy Sadler, Flying Lizard crew chief and technical director: “We made a lot of progress at the test at Homestead last week and are very happy with the engine and chassis choice. The test gave us a chance to start tuning performance: the car is still new to us but we’re getting acclimated quickly.”

Patrick Long: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to go after the overall win at Daytona. We have a group of talented drivers who are also good friends and there’s a strong camaraderie. It’s never an easy task here at Daytona, but we know what it will take and just have to get down to it. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in a DP, and this is also my first time in a Riley. The test last week went smoothly: we were competitive and problem-free from the time we put it on the track; hopefully that’s indicative of how things will go in January.”

About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard Motorsports has competed in the American Le Mans Series GT class since 2004. The team has finished in the top three in the ALMS GT2 drivers’ and team championships every year since 2004. In 2010, Flying Lizard No. 45 drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won a hard-fought battle for the GT drivers’ championship. In 2009 and 2008, the team swept all ALMS GT2 titles: drivers’ championship (Bergmeister and Long in 09, Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler in 08); Flying Lizard won the team championship; and Porsche won the manufacturer championship. In 2009, the Flying Lizard No. 44 Porsche also won the Michelin Green X Challenge championship.

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.

Flying Lizard 2010 sponsors are 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 Double Clutch Coffee, a premium coffee company dedicated to motorsport enthusiasts. Team partners include Porsche and Michelin.

Text courtesy Flying Lizard Motorsport


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