Lizards Fifth and Seventh at Steamy Baltimore Street Race
September 1, 2012 - Baltimore, Maryland - With nearly one-quarter of the Baltimore street race run under caution, the finishing order was effectively determined early in today's two-hour Sports Car Challenge. The No. 45 finished fifth in GT (and eighth overall) and the No. 44 seventh in GT (eleventh overall).
A pile-up on the first lap in Turn 1 brought flashbacks of the 2011 race, and resulted in the first of the three lengthy race cautions. Starting fourth on the GT grid in the No. 45 Porsche - in extremely hot and humid conditions - Patrick Long was hit at the start and pushed back to P6. Meanwhile, Marco Holzer had started from pit lane in the No. 44. Regular driver Seth Neiman was not able to drive after injuring his arm in morning warmup. Patrick Long was slotted in as the second driver: doing double duty driving both Lizard cars during the race. Because the starting driver had changed, No. 44 started from pit lane. And because the car was starting from pit lane, they were given a stop and go penalty. Holzer served his penalty after the first caution and then settled into P9.
Just after race start, the No. 4 Corvette was in the lead, the No. 48 Paul Miller Porsche was in second, the No. 55 BMW P3, the No. 17 Falken Porsche P4 and the No. 01 Extreme Ferrari P5, with the No. 45 in P6. Twenty minutes into the race, the No. 55, No. 17 and No. 01 were able to get by the No. 4 Corvette in traffic.