Flying Lizard team back with ALMS in 2011
Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today preliminary details of its 2011 racing program. The Sonoma, Calif.,-based independent team will return to the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, fielding two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs – the No. 45 and No. 44 – in the GT class for the nine-race season.
“2010 was a phenomenal year for the ALMS, and GT was clearly the place to be,” said Seth Neiman, Flying Lizard team principal and driver of the No. 44 Porsche. “We fought a long, tough battle all season, and came away with the drivers’ championship. All credit goes to some very tough racing by Joerg (Bergmeister) and Patrick (Long), and an incredible performance by the crews at every single event this year.”
Bergmeister and Long won four times together for the Lizards and shared their second straight Series driving title. It was the third for Long and record-tying fifth for Bergmeister. Each had one class pole position on the season.
Flying Lizard finished second in the team championship as part of an electric GT class – one that featured entries from Porsche, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford and Jaguar. The Lizards also helped Porsche to place second in the manufacturer standings. The team has been a championship contender since making its Series debut in 2004 and won team titles in 2008 and 2009.
Neiman continued, “For 2011, of course we’ll be competing again for all of the ALMS GT championships. The ALMS calendar is solid, and with some new venues and times it will help keep us all on our toes. Additionally, next year we will increase our emphasis on the important endurance races worldwide.”
Jens Walther, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA), added, “Flying Lizard and Porsche have forged a great relationship, combining the expertise that both organizations bring to the track; the race results speak for themselves. I am excited to continue our partnership for 2011 and am looking forward to our eighth consecutive season with Flying Lizard competing for the GT championships.”