The selection of CORE autosport to lead Porsche factory effort in 2014 has left its former partners at Flying Lizard Motorsports searching for the right class to choose in the upcoming TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
After securing multiple championships in the ALMS GT category with Porsche, Flying Lizard was left to run a privateer GTC effort this season after the German manufacturer withdrew its Stateside support while it focused on its new LMP1 program and a two-car GT effort in the WEC. With Porsche's American works deal having gone elsewhere, the Sonoma Raceway-based FLM program will likely continue running a Pro-Am effort on its own in the new GT Daytona class.
“We have a definite direction; we don't have a plan, per se, but all of the final decisions will come in the next few weeks,” FLM team manager Eric Ingraham told RACER. “We've talked to quite a few of the top professional and amateur drivers about next year and our chances of running GT Daytona are certainly high. The chances of running multiple cars are also very high and basically certain – as certain as they can be in September. We've talked with a lot of guys, and it's about making the final decision and pulling everything together.
“We've had a long relationship with Porsche, and want to determine the best path – the most competitive path to go down. The most important thing for us, every year is the same. Our objective is always to pursue and with the Drivers' and Teams' championship. And also to pursue the Manufacturers' championship, but the first two pursuits have always been very pure, which is great.”
Despite the lack of a factory link, Ingraham says the team could continue with Porsche next year.
The marque recently unveiled its 911 GT America, which was tailored for the GT Daytona class, and after learning the ropes with the 911 Cup-based GTC car, it would make sense to continue with the brand. Although Ingraham would not be drawn on the subject, it's believed FLM is also in talks with a few other manufacturers about using their product next season.
“We got a late start with the GTC car, the GTC class, but I think we've got caught up and we're competing at a high level,” Ingraham continued. “Whatever we choose for next year in terms of our car, the goal is to be immediately competitive, and to be as competitive for as many years as possible. Whatever that may be. We've traditionally had that with Porsche, and we're talking with them about the 991 Cup car, and what it will bring to the table. I can't say anything more than that at this stage.”