Flying Lizard and Toyo Tires Add Porsche to Thunderhill Campaign
Flying Lizard Motorsports has announced the addition of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to its NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance roster with Toyo Tires. The new arrival will join the 2015 race winning Audi R8 LMS, complete with a matching blue and white Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard livery. Tommy Sadler, Andy Wilzoch, Charlie Hayes, and Will Owen will complete the driver lineup, racing a 2009 chassis from Sadler's own collection, brought out of storage and rebuilt from Flying Lizard's extensive parts inventory.
"We are thrilled to expand our partnership with FLM to include Toyo Tires on the iconic Porsche RSR chassis' that the team is so well known for," said Marc Sanzenbacher, Sr. Manager, Motorsports at Toyo Tire. "We have said from the beginning that we are 'in it to win it' and the addition of this second Toyo Tires/ Flying Lizard car demonstrates our level of commitment to that mantra. Equally important from a developmental perspective, this expansion allows us the opportunity to collect additional data throughout this grueling 25 hour event that will benefit the next generation of Toyo Proxes tires."
A valuable part of Flying Lizard Motorsports since its inception, Crew Chief turned Technical Director Tommy Sadler holds a notable resume as a driver as well. At the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Sadler has participated in the event not only as crew chief, but also as a driver, winning overall in 2009, 2010, and 2011. "All the racing I did at the 25 Hour was possible because of the crew that I worked with," said Sadler, listing the who's who of Flying Lizard drivers and crew. "Nico Castellaccio as a great crew chief, Johannes van Overbeek, Wolf Henzler, Rich Walton, Jon Fogarty, Guy Cosmo, Kelly Collins, Pierre Ehret, Mike Hedlund, Anthony Ward, Todd Grantham, Tom Hacker, and Spencer Trenery. My success was because of the people I worked with. I was just a part of the team. This year, I'll be racing against most of the people I've raced with in the past."