Three cars to carry the fight to Ferrari — a ‘Lounge of Lizards’
Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today the team’s plans for the 2008 American Le Mans Series racing season. The California-based racing team will field three Porsche 2008 911 GT3 RSRs in the GT2 class: the No. 44, No. 45, and No. 46 Flying Lizard Porsches.
In the No. 45 and No. 46 Porsches, drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Johannes van Overbeek (U.S.A) will return in 2008 and will be joined by Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France). Henzler competed with the Lizards in the 2006 season with van Overbeek, finishing second in the GT2 drivers’ championship. Pilet, winner of the 2007 French Carrera Cup, is new to the American Le Mans Series: 2008 will be his inaugural season in the U.S. Darren Law, Seth Neiman, and Lonnie Pechnik will all return in 2008 to share driving duties in the No. 44 Porsche. For driver bios click here. Full driver pairings and additional drivers for Sebring will be announced later this month.
2008 will be Flying Lizard’s fifth consecutive ALMS season. Since its first year of competition in 2004, the team has finished in the top three in the ALMS GT2 team and drivers’ championships, but has not yet won the GT2 title. In 2007, in the No. 45, van Overbeek and Bergmeister challenged the No. 62 Risi Ferrari to a memorable, season-long contest. Three race wins, including the flagship 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, were not enough to clinch the title from Ferrari, and the No. 45 and the team were second in the 2007 championships.
Team principal Seth Neiman is looking forward to the team’s fifth season, ‘For 2008 we made a thoughtful decision to expand our program and our commitment to Porsche and the series. We’re focused on launching the most competitive program possible: three new cars and the most experienced Porsche driver lineup in our history. Last year, Ferrari proved to be a formidable competitor, and everything points to this being the case again this season. GT2 is shaping up to be an exciting field again in 08: it’s definitely going to be an eventful year!’
Paul Ritchie, head of Porsche Motorsports North America, commented, ‘Porsche is very pleased to have a team of Flying Lizard’s experience and commitment taking the lead in our GT2 program this year. Porsche has made several significant changes to the 911 GT3 RSRs for this year and we are excited to see them debut at Sebring.’
In addition, the team has accepted its automatic invitation to the 24 Heures du Mans in Le Mans France in June, 2008 and plans to compete in what will be its fourth race there. Flying Lizard received the invitation for its class win at the Petit Le Mans in October, 2007. The team will announce more details on Le Mans plans later in the year.