Flying Lizard Motorsports' No. 44 at Sebring in 2011 - Anne Proffit photoEnlarge Photo
The Sonoma, CA-based team fields two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race cars in the GT class for the entire American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season.
Both Porsche factory drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long continue in their fourth consecutive season with Flying Lizard, driving together in the No. 45; this is Bergmeister's fifth year with the team and he is a five-time ALMS GT driver's champion. Long won the title three times, on each occasion with Bergmeister.
At Sebring, the pair are joined by Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer, marking his second year with the team. After the Sebring race, Holzer returns to his regular seat in the No. 44 Porsche for the balance of the ALMS season.
Team principal Seth Neiman is the primary driver of the No. 44 Porsche. He'll have support from Darren Law and Andy Lally during the 12-hour race. Law has driven with the team since 2004 and returns as a guest driver this year.
Sebring will be Lally's first race with the team and he comes off a GT victory in the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona with Magnus Racing's Porsche 911 GT3. In 2011, Lally earned the NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award; he has many other notable achievements in endurance and stock car racing.
Thomas Blam, Flying Lizard chief strategist is pleased with the driver alignments for this very important race, which starts the ALMS season and also the new FIA World Endurance Championship. "Marco Holzer has proven to be a highly consistent driver," Blam said. "He contributed a great deal to our 2011 program and will be a very solid addition to Joerg and Patrick in the No. 45 for Sebring. In the No. 44, we have an All-American lineup with Seth, Darren and Andy. This will be Andy's first time driving with the Lizards, but he has a proven performance record in Porsches and brings a wide breadth of endurance racing experience."
The new Flying Lizard Porsches break out of hiding this week for the annual ALMS Winter Test on the same Sebring International Raceway circuit where the 12-hour contest takes place. The car's developments for 2012 include a wider body, increased front tire dieter and wider front and rear track width. Porsche has also modified the bodywork on the 911 GT3 Cup RSR to optimize aerodynamics and has added new air intake ducts to the rear quarter panel.