Flying Lizard Motorsports will complete its transformation from RennWorks Motorsports when its newly painted Porsche makes its debut in the Rolex Sports Car Series season finale at Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona race will give the California team a head start on its 2004 season, which will include both American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series races.

The name and scarlet graphics are new, but the Daytona race will be the third start for Flying Lizard Motorsports and the No. 83 Porsche 911 GT3 RS owned by the group. Racing under the RennWerks Motorsports banner, the team competed in two previous Rolex Series races this year - and finished on the GT podium both times.

Seth Neiman, Lonnie Pechnik, and Johannes van Overbeek were quick from the start. They topped the GT podium and finished third overall in the six-hour race at Watkins Glen International in New York, then combined for second in class and fourth overall in the six-hour enduro at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Qu?bec.

"The first two events are hopefully precursors to our upcoming season," van Overbeek said. "As of Daytona, the lizard is officially hatched! It's a great group because of the organization and mutual respect. That's the reason we were able to be successful so quickly."

The move from RennWerks to Flying Lizard was a planned transition, carefully managed by the five team principals - Neiman, Pechnik, van Overbeek, chief engineer Craig Watkins and crew chief Tommy Sadler.

"RennWerks did a wonderful job supporting us and helping us find our legs," Neiman said. "They've been strong partners in keeping us competitive as we moved from renting a ride to supporting our car to launching our team today."

Neiman, Pechnik and van Overbeek will drive the Flying Lizard Porsche this week.

"Things are really starting to come together and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity with Flying Lizard," Pechnik said. "It will be my first race at Daytona, and I'm excited that we'll make our first start as Flying Lizard at such a historic venue."

 

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