Flying Lizard Motorsports is taking its championship-winning organization to Pirelli World Challenge in 2015, as the team will operate K-PAX Racing’s pair of new McLaren 650S GT3s.
It marks a shift from Flying Lizard’s longtime tenure in the American Le Mans Series and last year, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. FLM will still run in at least the Rolex 24 at Daytona with its Audi R8 LMS, and potentially other TUDOR Championship races later in 2015.
“Pirelli World Challenge has enjoyed great success and expansion in the last few years and we’re eager to be a part of it,” Flying Lizard Motorsports Team Manager Eric Ingraham said in a release. “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.”
Lizard team principal Seth Neiman has announced his retirement from driving, so he won’t be behind the wheel.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.