Fan favorite to run 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in Pirelli GT4 America
SONOMA, Calif., – Flying Lizard Motorsports is back for its 16th season of racing, announcing a two car effort in the SRO’s Pirelli GT4 America, formally the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. The six time sports car racing champions will enter a 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport with returning drivers Michael Dinan and Robby Foley, with the second entry to be announced at a later date.
“We are looking forward to again be working with Michael Dinan and Robby Foley,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “We had the opportunity to work with both of them at one of our events last year, and we established a great relationship. This is an excellent continuation of our customer racing program. We have been working with young drivers for several years now and have watched them progress on to much success, and we expect the same for Michael and Robby this season. They both have a bright future.”
Both Dinan and Foley first competed with Flying Lizard Motorsports in 2018 at the Pirelli World Challenge GTS SprintX doubleheader at Utah Motorsport Campus. Both drivers instantly fit in with the team and made steady progress throughout the course of the weekend, not only learning the new car, but the series as well.
Michael Dinan started club racing in 2018, and began racing in the MX-5 Cup at Mid-Ohio. His race weekend with Flying Lizard Motorsports was his first event with the Pirelli World Challenge, and the young rookie hit the ground running in his new series.
Last year’s effort at Utah Motorsport Campus was also Robby Foley’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS debut, however, Foley also came to the team with experience in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class, where he will race again this year as well.
“I’m really excited to be back with Flying Lizard Motorsports and my good friend Michael Dinan for the 2019 season,” said Foley. “Michael has an incredible passion for motorsport, and we’re both very motivated to make the most of this opportunity. It’s an honor to join such an iconic team with a brand they have a deep history with. I have vivid memories growing up as a kid watching the Flying Lizard RSR’s at Lime Rock Park and to now be driving a Flying Lizard Porsche is something special. We had a great experience last year in a one-off effort and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with the team.”
The relationship between Flying Lizard Motorsports and Porsche goes back to the team’s inception in 2004, and the pair went on to win a combined six team and driver championships in the American Le Mans Series. Flying Lizard continues to run an extensive customer racing program with Porsches in the Pirelli Trophy West series, and most recently ran the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in 2017. The 2019 No. 21 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport will run a variation of the iconic Flying Lizard livery, to be unveiled at a later date.
“All of us at Flying Lizard are excited about being back with Porsche and having the opportunity to race the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport,” said Law. “We ran the first generation of the GT4 car in 2017 with a lot of success, and after all of the development that has gone into the second generation of the car, we’re looking forward to accomplishing even more in the Pirelli GT4 America championship.”
The re-named Pirelli GT4 America championship will again feature both Sprint and SprintX formats, but instead of the two championships splitting a ten race season as in 2018, the Sprint championship will run eight double header events in 2019, and the SprintX championship will also consist of eight events. The No. 21 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport will run in both series and occasionally share race weekends, treating Lizard fans to four races per weekend. These events will include Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Portland International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Road America, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more series information, visit http://world-challenge.com.
2019 Flying Lizard Motorsports Pirelli GT4 America Schedule
March 2-3 SprintX: Circuit of the Americas
March 9-10 Sprint: Streets of St. Petersburg
April 13-14 Sprint: Streets of Long Beach
April 27-28 Sprint+SprintX: Virginia International Raceway
May 18-19 Sprint+SprintX: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
June 8-9 SprintX: Sonoma Raceway
July 13-14 Portland International Raceway
August 31 – September 1 Sprint+SprintX: Watkins Glen International
September 21-22 Sprint+SprintX: Road America
October 19-20 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Car photos courtesy of Porsche Cars North America
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Based out of Sonoma, California, Flying Lizard Motorsports is one of the most iconic sports car teams in motorsports, having celebrated six driver and team championships, as well as competed internationally at the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times. The team currently races in Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and Porsche Club of America.
The Lizards burst on the American Le Mans Series scene in 2004, competing in the GT class until 2012. In 2013, the team moved to the GTC class, still competing in legendary events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2014, the team expanded its program to include running two Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR Championship, and in 2015, again expanded the program to include two Porsches in Porsche Club racing. Flying Lizard closed out the season with a dominating win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Toyo Tires, a win they repeated in 2016, 2017, and 2018. For more information, visit lizardms.com. Flying Lizard Motorsports has proven to be a championship contender no matter the race series or race car.