SUNNYVALE, CA, January 26, 2004 - ShoreTel, Inc., the specialist in enterprise IP voice systems, today announced it is sponsoring Flying Lizard Motorsports, a new racing team which will be racing in both the Grand American and American Le Mans (ALMS) road racing series. The company will host hospitality events at various races throughout the season for resellers and customers.
"Racing is a perfect metaphor for how we work with our resellers and run our business," said Janet Gregory, ShoreTel's vice president of worldwide sales. "We work in a fast-paced environment where commitment, teamwork and execution are essential! This program fosters our spirit of partnership and reflects our commitment to win."
Flying Lizard Motorsports makes its official Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series debut Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Both road racing series will be televised live – Grand Am series on Speed TV (channel 408 on digital cable) and ALMS on CBS, NBC and Speed. For schedules and locations, visit: http://www.grandamerican.com/events.html and http://www.americanlemans.com/schedule/schedule.asp
"The Team ShoreTel race car series reflects the committed relationship between ShoreTel and its partners," said Jim Lewis, President of PlanIT Solutions . "We depend on each other to deliver to our customers an IP voice communication system that is unequaled in its simplicity, scalability and value with dial tone reliability."
Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard Motorsports will run a 12-race season in the GT class of both the American Le Mans Series and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. This includes all nine American Le Mans Series races, plus the three longest races of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series events -- the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and six-hour races at Mont-Tremblant and Watkins Glen. The team will race a Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the Grand-Am series races. A pair of 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs will be entered in the American Le Mans Series.
The stellar Flying Lizard Motorsport team includes Johannes van Overbeek, Darren Law, Peter Cunningham, Mike Rockenfeller, Lonnie Pechnik, and Seth Neiman, who is a ShoreTel board member and investor.
"Team ShoreTel" Partner Program
Today, more than ever, businesses rely on the value add and expertise of solutions integrators. ShoreTel works closely with its partners to ensure that, together, they deliver the most reliable IP-PBX deployment for their customers. Because the company has a 100% focus on selling through its channel, ShoreTel has designed Team ShoreTel with its partners in mind.
ShoreTel selects highly-qualified partners who have solid industry experience and a strong competitive differentiation. ShoreTel partners consist of VARs, integrators, and interconnects that add significant value through application and solution expertise, including LAN, WAN, call center, and voice and data application integration, technology deployment, and training and support. Its reseller network is fully supported by ShoreTel Communication's field sales organization, partner education, and technical support. Together, they deliver the end-to-end solutions businesses need to leverage and protect their existing technology investments.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc. is the specialist in enterprise IP voice systems. Thousands of enthusiastic users worldwide are taking advantage of the company's award-winning distributed IP PBX technology, leveraging expertise and resources across multiple sites to improve customer service, increase employee productivity and lower operational costs. ShoreTel has a select group of global channel partners that provide top-notch service and support. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com or call 1-877-80SHORE
- Johannes van Overbeek
Johannes van Overbeek is an eight-year professional road racing veteran. He has competed in eight Grand-Am events and 18 in the American Le Mans Series, winning one time in each series. He has also competed in 28 SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Championship series events, winning three times, and placed third in the 2001 season points.
- Darren Law
Darren Law is the 2001 GT class champion in the Grand-American Rolex series, finished second in 2002, and in 2003 was sixth in the new Daytona Prototype class.
- Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham is a six-time SCCA Pro Racing series champion. His 75 race wins far exceed the career total for every driver in all North American professional series since 1963.
- Mike Rockenfeller
Mike Rockenfeller, 20, was a karting champion in Germany at age 12. At age 19, he became the youngest driver to win a Porsche Supercup race, and the youngest to lead the Porsche Carrera Cup standings.
- Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman
Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman are new to ALMS racing, but competed in three Grand-Am Rolex series races last year. They, along with van Overbeek, won their professional racing debut at the Watkins Glen six-hour, then finished second in their other two Grand-Am events at Mont-Tremblant and Daytona, where van Overbeek earned the team's first pole position.