Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard to add Porsche to USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill campaign
Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports announces the addition of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to its USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill roster. 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. They will be racing a 2009 chassis from Sadler’s own collection, brought out of storage and rebuilt from Flying Lizard’s extensive parts inventory. Both the Audi and Porsche will compete on Toyo Proxes Slicks.
“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, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “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 tyres.”
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.
Andy Wilzoch joined Flying Lizard’s customer racing program in 2015, dominating in the Porsche Club of America to advance to the GT3 Cup Trophy USA and World Challenge GTA and SprintX classes. While he has limited experience at Thunderhill Raceway, the track holds a special place for Wilzoch, where in 1998 he received his SCCA license while renting a Datsun 510.
Currently a Crew Chief at Flying Lizard Motorsports, Charlie Hayes started his racing career in 2011 in the Spec Miata series in California. He continued his development in the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) in the Teen Mazda Challenge. Hayes has competed at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill three times with a best finish of fifth overall and second in class.
Twenty-one year old Will Owen comes to Flying Lizard Motorsports with a short but strong resume in motorsports. He began his career with karting at age 15, quickly moving up the ranks to compete in five formula Mazda events by 2013. In 2014, he advanced to the Mazda Road to Indy, joining the USF2000 series before advancing to the Pro Mazda Series in 2015 and 2016. The 25 Hours of Thunderhill will mark his sports car GT racing debut.