LAW AND LIZARDS MARCH TO IMPRESSIVE MOBIL 1 TWELVE
HOURS OF SEBRING RESULT
Phoenix, Arizona –—
The 54th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring held this
past Saturday took its traditional toll on drivers and cars, and
the #44 PortalPlayer/ShoreTel Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche
GT3RSR soldiered on amidst the attrition that is ever present at
Sebring, to a fourth place finish in the LMGT2 class. The three
driver team of the #44 entry included Phoenix resident Darren Law,
Seth Neiman of Burlingame, California and Lonnie Pechnik of Salinas,
California. The team’s sister car secured a podium finish
in 2nd place making the weekend an impressive display of endurance,
reliability and strategy for the entire Flying Lizard crew.
As has been standard in the once around the clock endurance classic,
Sebring’s bumpy and demanding 3.7 mile racetrack, built on
the old site of an airfield, placed a premium on reliability as
well as speed, and attrition was again a major factor in the final
results. Law was tapped to qualify the sleek silver and red GT3RSR,
and despite having to deal with an understeer handling issue was
still able to hustle the #44 to a solid 10th place qualifying position
at a time of 2:05.133.
Making it to the Finish
The 54th running of the Mobil Twelve Hours of Sebring got underway
at 10 am EST Saturday morning amidst warm and clear conditions,
and the opening laps of the day to night race were run without incident.
Law, mindful of the need to ensure longevity with the equipment
methodically worked his way forward in the 16-car LMGT2 field. Law
drove a total of four stints, and his dedication to a disciplined
physical fitness regimen served him well in the warm conditions,
as he was able to maintain a strong and competitive pace.
In the closing stages of the twelve hour
run, the #44 entry found itself securely in fourth place in class,
and although a run for a podium position was not in the cards, the
Flying Lizard Team ensured that the Law, Neiman, Pechnik entry was
reliable to the checkered flag.
Quotes — Darren Law
We had a great race, and it is really significant for us in that
we were the second highest placing Porsche in the field. This was
a great race for the #44 car because it has not finished this particular
race the last two years, so getting to the end was important, and
finishing 4th was even better. We were fighting some handling issues
early on in the race, and we made a small bar adjustment along with
a tire pressure change. We really had no mechanical issues in the
race, and the crew did a great job in the preparation. This is such
a hard track on the car - it is amazing what goes into the preparation.
Everything is new at the start of this event, suspension, motor,
gearbox, brakes, radiators, and the team has to rebuild the entire
car the day before the event. It’s a lot of work, but it definitely
Darren’s next event will be the Grand American Rolex Sports
Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve at Homestead
Miami Speedway with the Brumos Porsche Fabcar team. Darren’s
next run with the Lizards will be at Mid Ohio the weekend of May
18-21. For more information on the Sebring race please stop by www.americanlemans.com,
and for more info on the upcoming Grand American event surf to www.grand-am.com.
You can look at the full schedule that Darren will be running this
year at his newly updated website at www.darrenlaw.com.
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In his quest to be in top physical shape,
Darren has also been maintaining a strict workout schedule as prescribed
by Carmichael Training Systems. You can find more information on
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