SONOMA, Calif. – Flying Lizard Motorsports will partner with K-PAX Racing for the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season.
Already a prominent team in North American sports car racing, K-PAX Racing holds three championships in their seven years of competition in the Pirelli World Challenge. This extensive resume and experience will be combined with Flying Lizard’s 11 years in the American Le Mans Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for a full season effort with the new 2015 McLaren 650S GT3.
“Pirelli World Challenge has enjoyed great success and expansion in the last few years and we’re eager to be a part of it,” said Flying Lizard Motorsports Team Manager Eric Ingraham. “Jim Haughey has built a great operation in K-PAX Racing and the combination of our two teams will no doubt bring an exciting season for our fans as we race for the GT Championship.”
“Teaming up with Flying Lizard was a natural fit for us,” said Jim Haughey, owner of K-PAX Racing. “Our race-proven McLarens and Flying Lizard’s world-class race-team management will catapult us into contention for another championship.”
“This is an exciting next step in the evolution of Flying Lizard,” said Flying Lizard Motorsports founder Seth Neiman. “Though I will be stepping back from driving, I look forward to the team’s focus on building a great program with K-PAX. They’ve put together a consistently solid program, and have proven they have what it takes to win.”
Since joining the Pirelli World Challenge in 2007, K-PAX Racing has earned a total of 72 podiums, 25 wins and three driver championships. In the last decade, Flying Lizard Motorsports amassed 68 podiums and 25 wins in the American Le Mans Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, clinching three driver championships and three class championships.
“We’ve always put a strong emphasis on success at Flying Lizard Motorsports, and we’re always looking at the next area of the sport in which we can challenge ourselves and grow as a team,” said Team Manager Eric Ingraham. “Due to our full season commitment of Pirelli World Challenge, a full season in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is no longer logistically possible. That said, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in the American Le Mans Series over the past decade and during the 2014 season in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The 2015 season will be a new challenge, and a new era for Flying Lizard Motorsports, and we’re thrilled to be racing under the K-PAX Racing banner.”
The McLaren 12C GT3 debuted in North American competition in 2014, celebrating one win and an additional two podiums with K-PAX Racing in Pirelli World Challenge. Continuing their relationship with the manufacturer as a customer team, the K-PAX Racing/Flying Lizard Motorsports team will compete the entirety of the season armed with two brand new 2015 McLaren 650S GT3s. The new machine features a McLaren carbon fiber MonoCell chassis with aluminum front and rear sub frames, creating a lightweight frame, armed with a 3.8L V8 twin turbo engine.
The team will be based in Sonoma, Calif., utilizing Flying Lizard’s facility at Sonoma Raceway. At race events, the teams will operate out of the K-PAX Racing transporters. Livery design and driver line ups for the two K-PAX Racing/Flying Lizard Motorsports McLaren 650s GT3s will be announced at a later date.