Flying Lizard Motorsports Press Release
Flying Lizard's first season with its Audi R8 LMS race cars comes to a close at Road Atlanta, a 12-turn, 2.54 mile road course in the hills of Braselton, Georgia. The 12th race and season finale of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance contest to be run on Saturday, October 4th. The long race length means that Flying Lizard is bolstering its driver ranks with two up and coming young drivers; Alessandro Latif (UK/Italy) will join Seth Neiman (USA) and Dion von Moltke (South Africa) in the No. 35 PR Newswire / UBM Tech / eSilicon R8 LMS, with Andrew Palmer (USA) joining Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela) and Spencer Pumpelly (USA) in the No. 45 Spyder / Venezuela / eSilicon R8 LMS. Both cars are racing in the GT Daytona class, with full-time drivers Dion, Nelson, and Spencer sitting in the top ten in driver championship points entering the race. Alessandro returns to the team after solid top-5 finishes in his previous outings at Daytona and Sebring. Andrew raced with the team at Road America in the No. 35 and is coming off of a rookie season of SCCA World Challenge in which he finished 5th in points in the GT class.
Flying Lizard is on track for practice on Thursday and Friday, with qualifying at 4:20pm ET on Friday, October 3rd. The race itself will start at 11:15am on Saturday, October 4th. Live timing and scoring for the race and all practice sessions and qualifying can be found at www.imsa.com and on the IMSA mobile app. Qualifying will be broadcast live on IMSA.com and in the United States, the race will be televised in condensed and tape-delayed format on Fox on Sunday, October 5th, but available live on www.imsa.com and starting at 3pm ET on Fox Sports 2. Outside of the United States, the full race broadcast will also be available live at www.imsa.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.
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