Flying Lizard Motorsports revisits heaven at VIRginia International Raceway

DANVILLE, Vir., (June 15, 2022) – Famed actor and racing driver Paul Newman once said of VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), “If there’s heaven on earth it’s VIR” and this weekend Flying Lizard Motorsports returns to the track for another action-packed racing event Alton, Virginia, back . The Lizards will contest their two Aston Martin Vantage GT4 cars in the Pirelli GT4 America and GT America powered by AWS for two double-header races.

“We’ve had a lot of success at VIR in the past and the track seems well suited to the Aston Martin.” said program manager Darren Law. “It’s one of the greatest circuits in America. The facility is beautiful and the track is a challenge for the drivers. The setup is tricky here because you have a mix of some very fast corners as well as medium and low speed power down sections so you can’t just focus on just one Driving behavior can concentrate. Everyone works well together in the team and we are looking forward to a great weekend.”

The Lizards first raced at VIRginia International Raceway in the American Le Mans Series in 2012, finishing second with drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long. The team most recently raced on the circuit in GT4 America, with driver Michael Dinan and his Aston Martin Vantage sweeping the weekend to claim all three victories in what was then the sprint series.

Pirelli GT4 America

In GT4 America, drivers Elias Sabo and Andy Lee had a series of ups and downs in the first four rounds of the season. The duo started the first race of the season with a third place finish at Sonoma Raceway but ended round four at NOLA Motorsports Park with a premature retirement after being hit by another car, leaving the No. 8 Aston Martin Vantage sufficient was damaged GT4. The pair sit eighth in the 2022 team standings, just ten points away from making the top five.

GT America powered by AWS

The GT America series runs rounds five and six of the championship this weekend, albeit only Elias Sabo’s third and fourth of the season after skipping the first two rounds of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Sabo started his season with a competitive presentation, finishing fifth in his first event at Sonoma Raceway. Contact with another car saw the No. 8 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 retired early on the following lap, but the British racer is primed and ready for this weekend’s double header at VIR.

EVENT SCHEDULE | All times East

Friday June 17th

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Bronze test

8:30am – 9:00am GT America Practice 1

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. GT4 America Practice 1

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. GT America Practice 2

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GT4 America Practice 2

Saturday June 18th

8:00 – 8:15 GT America Qualifying

10:40 – 10:55 GT4 America Qualifying 1

11:00 – 11:15 GT4 America Qualifying 2

12:10pm – 12:50pm GT America Race 1 – Live on YouTube.com/GTWorld

1:15 p.m. ET Garage Tour, open to the public

16:05 – 17:05 GT4 America Race 2 – Live on YouTube.com/GTWorld

Sunday June 19th

08:45 – 09:45 GT America Race 2 – Live on YouTube.com/GTWorld

10:55 – 11:55 GT4 America Race 2 – Live on YouTube.com/GTWorld

DRIVER QUOTES

Elias Sabo

No. 8 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

I look forward to returning to Virginia. VIR is fun and I’m confident we’ll have a great car.

Andy Lee

No. 8 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

I can’t wait to ride the uphills in the Aston! I think our car will be up to the challenges of VIR well!

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