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| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, December 25 2009
The Flying Lizards are returning to the Rolex Daytona 24. (Photo courtesy of the ALMS)

The Flying Lizards are heading to the Rolex Daytona 24. (Photo courtesy of the ALMS)

The defending GT2 class championship team from the American Le Mans Series will contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

In a cooperative effort with TRG Motorsports, the Flying Lizard Motorsports team’s factory drivers and key crew members will man the No. 66 Porsche entry of TRG in the GT class.

For drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long, participation at Daytona with TRG is a familiar regimen. The Porsche factory driver duo co-drove to victory in the GT class last year with TRG.

This year’s Grand-Am Series opener will be different, because they will be joined by Flying Lizard principal Seth Neiman and longtime Lizard regular Johannes van Overbeek in the cockpit. Lizard race engineer Craig Watkins and Crew Chief Tommy Sadler will direct the efforts of the No. 66 Porsche GT3 Cup entry and race strategist Thomas Blam will call the event for the Lizards.

“I’ve always loved the 24 Hours of Daytona, but given our other commitments, it just hasn’t been practical to run here,” said Neiman. “Working with our Porsche cousins at TRG we have an opportunity to field a very strong entry. TRG has had consistent success in Grand-Am and I’m confident that they will deliver a solid program.”

Flying Lizard Motorsports is no stranger to the Florida 24-hour. A 2004 Lizard entry started on the pole and finished second in GT and third overall with pole winner van Overbeek, Neiman and Mike Rockenfeller on board.

For van Overbeek, the race will be a curtain call with the Lizards. For 2010, he is moving to the Ferrari entry of Extreme Speed Motorsports in the ALMS.

– Jonathan Ingram can be reached at jingram@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, December 25 2009
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