Le Mans Line-Up
The Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche will be driven at Le Mans
next month by Johannes van Overbeek, Seth Neiman and Patrick Long.
Neiman and van
Overbeek formed two-thirds of the squad that performed so well last
year, bring the team’s Porsche home third in GT2. Lonnie Pechnik
raced the car in France in 2005, but Pat Long, having briefly lost
his spot in the Petersen-White Lightning car, moves across to the
Lizards’ entry this time. Long has raced for the Flying Lizard
Motorsports team before – at the 2005 Rolex 24, where he set
the fastest lap in the GT class.
The Flying Lizard
squad’s #80 Porsche 911 GT3-RSR will be sponsored by PortalPlayer,
a San Jose, Calif-based technology company. PortalPlayer is a leading
supplier of semiconductor, firmware and software solutions for personal
media players and secondary display-enabled notebook computers.
honored to be able to return to Le Mans again this year," said
Seth Neiman. "It was an incredible experience to be part of
such an historic race last year."
The timing of
the 24 hours is such that the team heads to Europe after its first
GT2 win of the ALMS season – at Mid-Ohio on May 21. The team
is currently atop the ALMS GT2 teams’ championship, and Johannes
van Overbeek leads the drivers’ championship.
at Le Mans last year was a life-defining experience," said
van Overbeek. “The length of the straights, the speed, the
beauty of the track, the whole atmosphere--it's something you just
can't experience anywhere else in the world. Having Patrick with
us will definitely be a plus--he pushes hard, all of the time, but
still keeps things fun. The only problem will be that I'm almost
a foot taller than both Seth and Patrick--good thing we have an
adjustable seat in the Porsche."
chief Tommy Sadler added, "In 2005, we showed we had what it
took to compete successfully at Le Mans. This year, we have to build
on that success and do even more. The durability and reliability
that Porsche brings to the table are big assets in this type of
a race. In 24 hours, nearly everything can (and often does) happen,
and you have to be prepared for it all."
2005 Le Mans adventure was a great story: no doubt 2006 will provide
another instalment in the still-brief history of this ambitious