The Flying Lizard Motorsports squad had a disappointing qualifying session today for the 2006 Monterey Sports Car Championship at Laguna Seca. The team’s No. 45 Porsche had a clutch problem late in this afternoon’s practice session and there was not enough time to get the car back on track in time for qualifying. The No. 45 will start from the rear of the grid in tomorrow’s race. Sister car No. 44 qualified eighth with Darren Law at the wheel.
Crew chief Tommy Sadler said, "We expected the newly paved track to be smoother and grippier than it’s been so far–there are definitely still some bumps for the drivers to contend with. It’s been a challenging few days adjusting to the new track surface here and dealing with some mechanical gremlins along the way. Today with just 20 minutes left in the practice session, we had a clutch problem in the No. 45 which was not something we could fix by qualifying so we’ll be starting from the back on sticker tires."
The Flying Lizard team is in contention for both the GT2 drivers’ and team championships. In the No. 45 Porsche, Johannes van Overbeek leads in the drivers’ championship, followed closely by Jörg Bergmeister of Petersen White Lightning. For the team championship, the Lizards will battle it out with Risi Team Competizione, which is now six points ahead of Flying Lizard, and Petersen, which is four points behind in third place.
The driver line up for the race will be van Overbeek and Henzler in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche and Seth Neiman and Darren Law in the No. 44 Porsche.