Lizards ready for Audi debut

January 4, 2014

Lizards ready for Audi debut

January 4, 2014

2014-01-04 at 14-24-24Flying Lizard Motorsports and Porsche have gone hand-in-hand since the team’s debut in the in the American Le Mans Series in 2004.

But for the launch of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Flying Lizard will again be linked to a German manufacturer but this time with Audi.

The Audi R8 won the GT class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year and team boss Seth Neiman is eagerly awaiting the chance to kick off the team’s new partnership with the legendary Ingolstadt, Germany-based manufacturer.

“We’re complete excited about the year ahead. There is nothing like changing everything to wake everybody up and get them thinking really hard and struggling and growing. That has been great,” Neiman said.

“The cars are very different, we have a lot to learn about them and the factory support is very strong but also very narrow. They have not supported this many cars before, the class is a little bit different so it is an interesting time both for us and Audi and we grow together.

“Right now we’re totally pumped because the cars are quick. It makes a lot of power when it is cold but we’re also working around the understeer in this weather as well.”

After 10 years of competition, Neiman finally won his first ALMS race last year when he and Dion von Moltke won the GTC class at Baltimore. Neiman will again drive with von Moltke in 2014. The young star won for Audi at the Rolex 24 last year and it hopeful of repeating the effort in 2014.

Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela) and Spencer Pumpelly (USA) will also return to the Lizards’ lair in 2014

“The new series is potentially a brilliant conception and it is now all down to execution,” Neiman said.

“There are some pieces that all of us team owners and drivers would like to have in place. They’re not quite there yet but they’re coming. To me I think the pendulum is swinging our way and it is up to the drivers and the teams to show that we’re still world class drivers and teams. We need to go out there produce the same kind of racing that we did for the 10 or 12 years in the American Le Mans Series.”

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