The Flying Lizard Motorsports team missed out a possible victory late on in the Generac 500 at Road America, although Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty were still able to clinch the teams fourth ALMS podium of the season.

With pole man Timo Bernhard making a mess of his start, van Overbeek was able to take the class lead early on in the #45 Porsche. Leading for the first hour, he admitted it would nice to be running near the front of the field.

"It feels great to be competitive and once again run with the best," he said. "The crew has worked very hard to get the car where it is today."

Lonnie Pechnik started the #44 Porsche but was one of a number of cars to be affected by an engine blow-up for one of the LMP2 runners.

"We had a very solid car for this race," he said. "The crew did some adjustments between this morning's warmup and race start, which got us where we needed to be. It was a shame that I had to pit so early in the race to clean oil from the windshield, but overall I'm pleased our pace."

With just five minutes left in the two hour and 45 minute event - and with the race about to go green after another caution - Fogarty was in the GT2 lead in the #45 car while Seth Neiman was running eighth in the sister car. Although Neiman was able to bring his car to the finish without any further drama, the race had a sting in its tail for Fogarty.

"I got held up in turn three on the restart and Patrick Long in the #31 Petersen White Lightning car was able to get a run on me [to take the lead]," he said. "In the final laps I started to feel strong vibrations in the right rear. I was very low on fuel and was preparing for a possible late pit stop. Luckily I was able to continue but I lost a position to the #23 Alex Job Porsche on the final lap. But the car is the best it's been all year and I'm happy to be on the podium again."

 

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