25 Hours of Thunderhill with Lizard driver Johannes van Overbeek and chief strategist Tommy Sadler
After winning six times this year in the American Le Mans Series, a portion of the Flying Lizard Motorsports crew added another victory this year with a win in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Lizard driver Johannes van Overbeek and chief strategist Tommy Sadler among the driving quintet.
Former Lizard mainstay Jon Fogarty, Rich Walton and Todd Grantham filled out the lineup in the Mercer Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry that ran on Yokohama’s ADVAN® ENV-R1™ Orange Oil-infused Race Tires.
The ENV-R1 became the first tire to utilize sustainable tire technology in automobile racing history as the spec tire in IMSA’s 2009 Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama, the proprietary technology reduces petroleum by approximately 10 percent. It also increases recyclability while maintaining the high-performance levels needed to compete in top-tier sprint and endurance racing.
“The Yokohama tires were fantastic,” said van Overbeek, a six-time winner in the American Le Mans Series with Porsche and BMW. “They were consistent and durable. We never got a puncture, which is critical in winning an endurance race. What really impressed me was how it adapted to the wide range of temperatures. The temperature at night was 20 degrees and during the day it was 63. The tires worked extremely well in that huge range, and a lot of tires don’t do that.”