Patrick Long – 2nd in GT at Rolex 24 At Daytona

February 01, 2010

January 31, 2010 – Daytona Beach, FL – The No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizard Porsche fought through rain, cold and the relentless demands of 24 hours of endurance racing to a podium finish: second in GT at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Drivers Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Johannes van Overbeek and Seth Neiman and the TRG/Flying Lizard crew overcame several technical issues requiring lengthy pit stops to finish second. The ShoreTel/Openwave-sponsored No. 67, which was managed by The Racer’s Group for Flying Lizard, was the top finishing Porsche in GT. Joerg Bergmeister clocked the fastest GT race lap late in the race:1:49.975.

Flying Lizard Chief Strategist Thomas Blam commented, “We had a strong, fast car for the race. Unfortunately, we lost three or four laps early on due to a sticking throttle. We recovered from that to retake the GT lead, and then the left front shock failure sent us back again to third. Luckily the crew did a great job getting the car back on track. We were able to maintain third, then moved up to second after issues with the No. 71 TRG Porsche put them out of contention. But we had lost too much time, and even with the phenomenal pace set by the guys in the last quarter of the race, we couldn’t catch the No. 70 Mazda in the lead.”

The No. 67 Porsche was managed by TRG, with some Lizards at the helm including Thomas Blam (chief strategist in the ALMS), Craig Watkins (chief engineer) and Tommy Sadler (crew chief and co-technical director). The No. 67 Porsche was sponsored at the Rolex 24 at Daytona by ShoreTel, a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony solutions and Openwave, a software company delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions for communication service providers.

Up next for the Lizards is the season-opener of the American Le Mans Series – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 20. Bergmeister and Long will be co-drivers in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche for the 2010 ALMS season. Seth Neiman will be joined by Darren Law for the season in the No. 44 Porsche.

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 2009, finishing third in 2005, fourth in 2006, and sixth in 2008. The privateer team is based in Sonoma, California.

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Photos © Rick Dole 2010