Flying Lizard Motorsports Press Release
January 21, 2014 – Daytona Beach, Florida
Following a very successful three day Roar Before the Rolex 24 test in which the team had the quickest time in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class, Flying Lizard Motorsports returns to Daytona Beach for the opening race of the 2014 season, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
As its name implies, the race runs a full 24-hours, starting at 2:10pm ET on Saturday, January 25th and finishing the following afternoon. Two days of practices will precede the race, with qualifying on Thursday afternoon.
The team will once again campaign its two new 2014 Audi R8 LMS race cars in the 29-car GTD class, with driving duties in the No. 35 PR Newswire / UBM Tech / eSilicon R8 LMS shared by Seth Neiman (USA), Dion von Moltke (South Africa), Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal), and Alessandro Latif (UK/Italy). The No. 45 Venezuela / eSilicon R8 LMS will be driven by Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela), Spencer Pumpelly (USA), Markus Winkelhock (Germany), and Tim Pappas (USA).
Flying Lizard will also debut its 2014 merchandise line later this week, with new hat, t-shirt, and hoodie offerings. Please look for those at the team's online store, www.flyinglizardstore.com.
Live timing and scoring for all practice sessions, qualifying, and the race can be found at www.imsa.com and on the IMSA mobile app. The race will be televised on FOX from 2pm to 4pm ET and on FOX Sports 2 from 4pm to 9pm ET on Saturday, June 25. Overnight coverage from 9pm to 7am ET will be available on IMSA.com, with run to the finish on FOX Sports 1 from 7am to 3pm ET. Live streaming of the entire race will be available on the FOX Sports GO mobile app. International television coverage is available on SPEED (Canada), Fox Sports Latin America, Motors TV (Europe), and Network Ten (Australia). Radio coverage of the race is available on the Motor Racing Network, which is available on Sirius channel 90 for this race and Sirius channel 117 for the TUDOR Championship season, or at www.MRN.com.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard is based on Sonoma, California, and has competed in the American Le Mans Series for ten consecutive seasons, from 2004 to 2012 in the GT class and in 2013 in GTC. The Lizards have won two ALMS GT team championships (2008 and 2009), one ALMS GTC team championship (2013), and have secured three ALMS GT Drivers' championships (2008, 2009, and 2010).
Flying Lizard has also competed in the 24 Heures du Mans from 2005 through 2012, finishing third in 2005, fourth in 2006, sixth in 2008, sixth in 2011, and fourth in 2012.
Please visit the team website at www.lizardms.com and the team store at www.flyinglizardstore.com.
About Audi of America and the Audi R8 LMS
Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for customer racing events. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout the GT3 racing format worldwide, including victory in the GT class in the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 Liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components.
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies.
Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
Photo credit: Flying Lizard Motorsports [2013 Bob Chapman, Autosport Image]