Flying Lizard Motorsports will run the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the American Le Mans Series GT Challenge (GTC) class, with drivers Seth Neiman and Spencer Pumpelly. The Lizards are also introducing a customer program for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars: a first in the team’s history.
Team manager, Eric Ingraham: “With the end of Porsche’s 997 development programme for the 997, it was clear that we needed to do something different for 2013. Flying Lizard wants to continue to race competitively, and GTC was a logical choice given our long history with 911s.”
The GT Challenge class features three specifications of GT3 Cup car, based on the 911 GT3 RS. With top speeds of up to 150 mph, the minimum weight for all Porsche 911 GT3 Cups is 1,205 kilograms. GTC race cars have orange car numbers and a single green light at the rear of the car.
“In this production-based class, all teams run a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car,” Ingraham explained, “so there are no manufacturer differences. GTC rules mandate more spec features than in GT, but on a level playing field that is still extremely competitive. To succeed, teams must differentiate through driving performance, race strategy, pit stops, car setup and thorough preparation.
“We’re excited to race in GTC next year. Moving to GTC also gives us the opportunity to share our Porsche experience with customers who want to race professionally in either the ALMS GTC or IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series.”
Flying Lizard won the ALMS GT class for three straight years from 2008 to ’10, and has been Porsche’s factory representative in the series since 2007. Interested customers should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Just in case you think GTC is some candy-assed ALMS class, watch this Patrick Long practice lap from Mosport last year. He doesn’t get that much of a run on the Cup cars in this third-place qualifying RSR. Anyone who’s ever watched Carrera Cup Germany knows that Cup cars give the closest Porsche racing bar none.