Audi R8 LMS GTD at 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of DaytonaFriday, January 3, 2014 7:41 by Arman Barari
This year Audi R8 has become the darling of the teams competing TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as five teams, including the famous Flying Lizards, opt for the new GTD race car. Backed by Audi Sport customer-racing, the teams have confirmed their driver lineup for the Rolex 24 hour debut race at Daytona on January 25.
Fall-Line Motorsports, Flying Lizard Motorsports, GMG Racing and Paul Miller Racing will make up the five-car R8 LMS line-up sporting new liveries. Preparation for the 2014 season began in November and will continue over the next couple of weeks in the run up to the Daytona race. The R8 is of course is no stranger to this place, having won last year’s race in its second running at the legendary event.
For the past few years, or decade to be more precise, Audi has been at the top of endurance racing tree in both Europe and America. Part of it is due to the superb job the Audi Sport customer racing department is doing is supporting private teams.
“We have a fantastic group of racing partners and drivers this season and look forward to defending last year’s Daytona win,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “The successes of the R8 in endurance racing are a testament to the engineering found in every Audi on the road today.”
The drivers for each team are listed below:
|Fall-Line Motor-sports||Flying Lizard Motor-sports||Flying Lizard Motor-sports||GMG Racing||Paul Miller Racing|
|1||Charlie Putnam||Seth Neiman||Nelson Canache Jr.||Alex Welch||Matt Bell|
|2||Charles Espenlaub||Alessandro Latif||Tim Pappas||James Sofronas||Christopher Haase|
|3||James Walker||Dion von Moltke||Spencer Pumpelly||Frank Stippler||Bryce Miller|
|4||Oliver Jarvis||Filipe Albuquerque||Markus Winkelhock||Marc Basseng||Rene|