January 29, 2011- – Daytona Beach, FL – Just past the four-hour mark, the No. 45 Flying Lizard DP is 15th in class after a lengthy garage repair early in the race pushed the Lizards to the back of the DP pack. Starting from the pole, Joerg Bergmeister had a strong stint, holding P1 for the first hour of the race. Just before the one hour mark, Joerg handed the wheel over to Patrick Long, pitting under green. The first yellow of the race occurred shortly after the Lizard’s first pit stop, and Patrick made a quick pit stop for a fuel top up. By the end of his stint, Patrick had made his way back through the field to P2. At hour 2, Seth Neiman took over under yellow. Neiman was hit by another prototype on the restart, requiring an unplanned pit stop to repair some minor damage and replace the right rear tire. Later in his stint, Neiman was forced to go off course to avoid an incident in front of him. With front damage from the run over the grass, the No. 45 went straight to the garage for repairs. The crew replaced the front splitter, front radiator, and took the opportunity to change rear brake pads which might have required replacement at some point over the race. The No. 45 lost 19 laps during the 35-minute repair. When Johannes van Overbeek took the No. 45 back out on course he was at the back of the GT field. By the end of his stint an hour later, Johannes had worked his way up to P16. Joerg is back in the car for his second stint and is currently P15.
Joerg commented, “We had the quickest car out there for sure. In my stint, I had no problems pulling away from the rest of the field. It was very consistent from the beginning to the end of the stint so I could push the entire way. Even after the setbacks that we had, we will keep on pushing – we still have 20 hours to go. ”
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