DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Flying Lizard Motorsports, the 2013 American Le Mans Series GTC-class team champions, have announced its driver roster for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
The No. 35 PR Newswire/eSilicon R8 LMS will be driven by Seth Neiman (USA), Dion von Moltke (South Africa), Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal), and Alessandro Latif (UK/Italy) during the Rolex 24. Neiman and von Moltke partnered during the 2013 ALMS season, which included a GTC-class win for their car at the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
Albuquerque, a Flying Lizard/Audi Sport factory driver, raced with von Moltke in two races in 2013, including taking the class win at the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which Albuquerque and von Moltke return to as defending race winners. Latif is an upcoming 17-year old driver who has raced internationally in endurance sportscar racing including victories at Mugello, Hungaroring, and Paul Ricard in his first season. He also recently participated in the Audi Sport DTM young driver test in Spain.
Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela) and Spencer Pumpelly (USA) return to the familiar Venezuela/eSilicon No. 45 that they campaigned for the 2013 ALMS season, which included three poles, three race wins and second place in the 2013 GTC-class driver championship. Canache and Pumpelly will be joined by Flying Lizard/Audi Sport customer racing driver Markus Winkelhock (Germany) and Tim Pappas (USA) for the Daytona race.
Winkelhock returns for his second-straight Rolex 24 at Daytona and won the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012. Pappas raced in the ALMS GTC class’s first two years of competition in 2010 and 2011, winning four races plus the driver championship in each season, and is now running in Pirelli World Challenge.
Thomas Blam, the team’s Chief Strategist and engineer on the No. 45, spoke about the driver lineups.
“It’s great to go into a big race with such strong driver lineups in each car, and both cars have the talent behind the wheel to help us compete for the class win,” Blam said. “We’ve carried over both of our driver pairings from the 2013 season, and the consistency which Seth, Dion, Nelson, and Spencer bring will be a huge help as we start to race this new car. Filipe and Markus are Audi Sport factory drivers and bring a wealth of experience in the R8 LMS, as well as specific experience with the car at last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona race. Alessandro brings immense talent that we all will be watching, and Tim, a long time friend of the team, brings two GTC championships and significant race experience at Daytona as well. I can’t wait to get started and especially to go racing in a few more weeks.”