Flying Lizard Motorsports Joins Toyo Tires to Compete in USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill
Flying Lizard Motorsports is excited to announce the team has one final race in the books for 2015: the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in December. The team has joined forces with Toyo Tires, the Official Tire of NASA (National Auto Sport Association). Now in its 17th year, the USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill is the longest endurance race in North America, putting cars, tires, drivers and crew to the ultimate test.
“We are very proud to announce this partnership with Toyo Tires for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “Flying Lizard has had many successes in several different series over the years, but have never won the Thunderhill event as a team entrant.”
Flying Lizard’s Crew Chief, Tommy Sadler has participated in the event not only as a crew member, but also as a driver, earning four wins, three of which were overall. In the past three years, Toyo Proxes tires have earned 25 podiums in this prestigious event.
While also competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, World Challenge and the Porsche Club of America events, Flying Lizard Motorsports spent the 2015 season working closely with Toyo Tires to further tire development in hopes of clinching a win for the No. 45 Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS this December.
“We are honored to partner with Flying Lizard Motorsports for this event. As one of the most well-known and successful teams in sports car racing, their experience and professionalism are second to none,” continued Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We are confident that the industry leading performance of our Toyo Proxes race products are a perfect match for the Audi R8 LMS, as both tires and racecar have proven themselves in numerous endurance racing events worldwide.”
The driver lineup for the Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS will be announced mid-November. The USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill will take place December 5-6 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. For event information, visit nasa25hour.com.
About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for 70 years.
The company offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars and luxury vehicles as well as the M-Line for commercial trucks. Consumer product lines include the popular Open Country® tires for light trucks and SUVs; Proxes® ultra-high performance tires; Versado® tires for luxury passenger cars; Celsius® variable conditions tires; and the value line of Extensa® passenger car tires. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Since its inception in 2004, Flying Lizard Motorsports has become an iconic team in the world of sports car racing. The California based team has celebrated six driver and team championships, as well as competed internationally at the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times. The Lizards burst on the American Le Mans Series scene in 2004, competing in the GT class until 2012. In 2013, the team moved to the GTC class, still competing in legendary events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2014, the team expanded its program to include running two Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR Championship, and in 2015, again expanded the program to include two Porsches in Porsche Club racing, and two McLaren 650S GT3s with K-PAX Racing in the World Challenge series. No matter the race series or race car, Flying Lizard Motorsports has proven to be a championship contender in sports car racing. For more information, visit lizardms.com. For additional photos and all behind-the-scenes updates, check us out on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.