Flying Lizard Is Back in IMSA for Long Beach

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Flying Lizard Is Back in IMSA for Long BeachFlying Lizard Motorsports

From 2007 through 2012, the silver and red livery of Flying Lizard Motorsports was synonymous with Porsche factory racing in America. The team's days in the former American Le Mans Series are long gone, but the records speak for themselves: six class championships, eleven class wins, and an overall podium in a GT car at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The team has since been sold and spent the past decade running various GT cars for customers around the country. Next weekend, that business brings them back to where it all started.

Flying Lizard Motorsports has announced plans for a return to IMSA, the championship that succeeded the American Le Mans Series, for the first time since shutting down its short-lived Audi R8 LMS program in 2015. Drivers Elias Sabo and Andy Lee will make a start in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3, the car that the team currently fields in SRO GT World Challenge Americas. It is a one-off start for now, but it is the first step toward a return for a team with a rich history in the championship. The entry will wear an orange and blue version of the team's famous livery to reflect the colors of the car's sponsor, not the silver and red version that became so famous in the late ALMS era.

In its past life as a factory Porsche team, a 997-generation 911 GT3 RSR driven by long-time factory drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won its class at Long Beach in 2010. Sabo and Lee will join a serious legacy when they run at Long Beach on April 20.

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