As a continuation of their tire development partnership, Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires will return to the USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill in Willows, California this December. The team dominated the endurance event in 2015, not only winning in the ES class, but overall by 35 laps.
After completing just under 2,000 miles in one race, the reliability and durability of the No. 45 Audi R8 LMS played a large role in the team's 2015 success, and the same car will compete to defend the win of North America's longest endurance race. Flying Lizard Motorsports Program Manager Darren Law and former Flying Lizard driver Johannes van Overbeek have returned to the 25 Hour driver lineup, and will be joined by previous Lizard drivers Dion von Moltke and Mike Hedlund. A part of the team's 2014 American Le Mans Series and 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship efforts, von Moltke is also no stranger to the 25 Hour, having competed in the event twice previously. Hedlund recently joined Flying Lizard in its GT3 Cup Trophy USA competition, as well as World Challenge. Hedlund also has participated in the event, earning the ES class pole position in 2012.
Following the conclusion of the final Pirelli World Challenge race of the season, K-PAX Racing has emerged the 2016 Team Champions with Driver Champion Alvaro Parente, earning McLaren GT the Manufacturer title.
Heading into the weekend, the team held the lead in the Driver, Team, and Manufacturer championship, optimistic in their championship hopes. The McLarens proved to be competitive in qualifying, with Austin Cindric leading the team charge in fifth points leader Alvaro Parente in sixth, and Colin Thompson in seventh. Parente's main championship threat, Patrick Long qualified second, adding to the tension for the race ahead.