Saturday, April 18, 2009

Long Beach Race!

April 18, 2009 - RACE!

5:58 pm - Checkered flag. The No. 45 wins in GT2. The No. 44 is fifth. A major car fire in the No. 28 Corvette resulted in a yellow flag ending - the driver of the No. 28 Corvette appears to be OK and we can see him waving to the crowd on the television.

5:54 pm - The car that caught fire was the No. 28 GT2 Corvette. The driver is out of the car and being assisted by safety personnel. The race may finish under yellow.

5:52 pm - A fire in a Corvette in Turn 1. Fire crews are on the scene. I'll report more in a minute.

5:48 - The No. 45 is by the No. 18 and has clear running right now. The No. 62 is in P2 but is 26 seconds back. The No. 44 is in fourth. Nine minutes left.

5:45 pm - 13 minutes left. Joerg is in P1 in the No. 45. He is stuck behind the No. 18 Vici Porsche, which is on a slower pace and is in fourth. The No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche, which is P11 after a lengthy pit stop early in the race, is behind Joerg on track. Darren Law in the No. 44 is fifth.

5:40 pm - 17 minutes left in the race. GT2 positions: P1 No. 45; P 2 No. 92; P 3 No. 62; P 4 No. 18; P 5 No. 44; P 6 No. 21.

5:37 pm - The No. 45 is still P1, 35 seconds ahead of the No. 62 which is P2. The No. 62 is doing a slightly faster pace. The No. 44 is now P6.

5:35 pm - Spin in the middle of Turn 17 - the No. 90 BMW and the No. 28 Corvette. A prototype narrowly missed them but no contact and all cars contiued.

5:29 pm - Under 30 minutes left in the race.

5:28 pm - The No. 45 is once again in the lead. The No. 62 is P2 and the No. 90 is P3.The No. 45 is 36 seconds ahead of the No. 62. Darren is now P6.

5:26 pm - The No. 62 is in the pits for tires, fuel, and driver change to Jaime Melo.

5:25 pm - The No. 62 has taken the lead during our pit stop, but they have not yet pitted. The No. 45 is P2. The No. 44 has moved up to P7. Both cars should be good for the remainder of the race with no additional pit stops needed.

5:23 pm - The No. 45, in the lead, pits for driver change to Joerg Bergmeister, tires and short fuel. The No. 21 has also just pitted, but most of the rest of the GT2 field has not yet pitted.

5:18 pm - Course wlil stay green. Patrick Long is still in P1, with a good lead on the No. 62 which has climbed from the rear of the pack into P2. The No. 44 has moved to P8. The No. 45 will pit in one or two laps for driver change, tires, and fuel. This is a critical pit stop - although the No. 45 has a 30 second gap to the No. 62 if the No pits under green, and then there is a yellow immediately after, and the No. 62 has not yet pitted, it will be able to pit under yellow, and possibly gain a position.

5:15 pm - The No. 3 Corvette was slow on course and has pulled off into the safety area. It's possible that the course may go yellow.

5:12 pm - The No. 62 Risi Ferrari has passed the No. 92 BMW to take second. He is 25 seconds back from Patrick Long in the No. 45. Neither car has pitted.

5:09 pm - Positions: P1 No. 45; P2 No. 92; P3 No. 62; P4 No. 18; P 5 No. 90. No. 44 is now P11.

5:04 pm - The No. 87 is in the pits, something appears to be wrong with the right front suspension. Patrick Long in the No. 45 has taken the lead and now has a 22 second lead on the No. 92 BMW which is in second. The No. 44 is in 12th.

5:03 pm - Patrick moves into P1, finally being able to safely pass the No. 87 as the No. 87 slowed, possibly with a flat, the npitted.

4:56 pm - Patrick is still P2 in the No. 45, behind the No. 87 Farnbacher Porsche.Darren is in P12 in the No. 44. Just under 1 hour left to go and no cautions or major incidents so far.

4:53 - The No. 11 Viper spun and contacted the tire wall but continued.

4:50 pm - Darren heads out in the No. 44 with new tires and fuel. Patrick is still P2, close behind the No. 87 but he has been unable to pass. He has built a gap of 18 seconds ahead of the P3 GT2 car- the No. 92 BMW.

4:47 - 30 minutes into the race. 1 hour 10 minutes left to go. Driver window is now open and drivers will begin to pit for driver change. No yellows so far int he race. The No. 44 will pit for driver change to Darren Law, tires and fuel.

4:44 pm - GT2 positions: P1 No. 87, P2 No. 45; P 3 No. 92; P4 No. 18; P5 No. 90; P 6 No. 62; P 7 No. 17; P 8 No. 11; P 9 No. 40; P 10 No. 28; P 11 No. 21; P 12 No. 44.

4:42 pm - The driver change window will open shortly (30 minutes).

4:33 pm- Reminder that we are broadcasting our team radio - go to the home page for details (Follow the Race tab). Radio le Mans is also broadcasting live -

4:30 - Thankfully, so far it has been an uneventful race. Patrick in the No. 45 is still P2, and Seth in the No. 44 is P12. The No. 62 Risi Ferrari has moved from the back of the pack up to eighth.

4:23 - The No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche, which started in the lead, and Patrick Long in the No. 45, which started in second are nose to tail. They have already built a good gap from the next closest GT2 car, the No. 92 BMW.

4:21 pm - The first few laps of the race will be a challenge as the GT2 field sorts itself out. We have some fast cars, including the No. 62 starting from the back who need to thread their way through.

4:20 pm - Green flag

4:18 pm - Correction, it will be a double file restart.

4:17 pm - Yellow flag start - not sure what happened but they did not go green. They will go single file on the restart. The race clock did start, but still yellow.

4:12 pm - Pace laps have begun. Patrick Long will start second in GT2 in the No. 45. Seth Neiman will start 10th in the No. 44.

4:10 pm - Engine start. Five minutes to race start.

3:55 pm - Green flag for the recon laps which precede the gridding of the cars. The race will start at 4:15 pm PT.

3:53 pm - Seth Neiman will start in the No. 44 and Patrick Long in the No. 45. We qualified third in the No. 45 and eleventh in the No. 44. However, several cars, including the pole setter no. 62 Risi Ferrari, have moved to the back so our new starting positions will be second and tenth.

*** A special note to the Big Lizard in Ohio - hi from Seth! **

3:45 pm ET - We are just 30 minutes away from the start of the Long Beach race. The race is the shortest of the season - 1 hour and 45 minutes long. The race will be broadcast on ABC - tape-delayed on Sunday, April 19 - in most markets it will start at 9;30 am PT - check your local listings to confirm the time.

** We are broadcasting our team radio - to listen, go to, click on the "follow the race" tab and follow instructions. **


VroomGrrl said...

Live real-time race coverage on RadioLeMans streaming radio HERE. Alright! said...

Hey Lizards! Hey Jen! So far so good. Would be awesome to see a Porsche 1-2-3 w/ the Lizards winning! What's going on w/ the #44 this year?

VroomGrrl said...

Woohoo! Way to go Lizards! So glad I found the live streaming radio coverage. Really exciting race! Congrats to the entire team!! Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Jen!