Toyo Tires teams with Flying Lizard for the USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill
Toyo Tires is teaming up with Flying Lizard Motorsports to take on the longest endurance race in North America, the USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill (25-Hours.) Held December 5-6 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California, the 25-Hours is the premier road racing event held annually by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA.)
Toyo Tires has enjoyed the distinction of being the Official Tire of NASA for 13-years, and recently extended its agreement with NASA through 2020. In the past three years, Toyo Proxes tires have earned an impressive 25 podium finishes in the 25-Hours, but an overall victory has proven elusive. With the goal of an overall win, Toyo is partnering with the highly-acclaimed Flying Lizard Motorsports from Sonoma, CA. The team entry for the 25-Hours is the Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS equipped with Toyo Proxes slicks.
Flying Lizard crew chief, Tommy Sadler, has participated in the race several times, from both the crew side as well as a driver. He has logged a total of four wins, three of them overall. The 25-Hours will provide an opportunity for the team to push their Proxes slicks to the limit, highlighting their performance in endurance road racing arena. It will also provide valuable data for future development.
“We are honored to partner with Flying Lizard Motorsports for this event. As one of the most well-known and successful teams in sports car racing, their experience and professionalism are second to none,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We are confident that the industry leading performance of our Toyo Proxes race products are a perfect match for the Audi R8 LMS, as both tires and racecar have proven themselves in numerous endurance racing events worldwide.”
The driver lineup for the Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS will be announced mid-November.