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K-PAX Planning PWC Return

K-PAX Racing set to return to Pirelli World Challenge with at least two GT class entries, according to program manager Darren Law…

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K-PAX Racing is set to continue in Pirelli World Challenge next year, potentially returning to a three-car operation, according to Program Manager Darren Law.

The California-based team, which finished runner-up in this year’s title fight with McLaren GT factory driver Alvaro Parente, however, could have a different look to it, with possible changes currently under evaluation.

“We’re planning to come back and are working on finalizing the details,” Law told Sportscar365. “We have not made a final decision on who that will be with but an announcement should come soon.

“My guess would be that by mid-December we should have everything sorted.”

It’s believed K-PAX could opt for a move away from McLaren 650S GT3s, although a final decision has not yet been made.

While not confirming the rumors, Law said they have a commitment to run at least two cars next year and would like to include both the GT and GTA classes “in some shape or form.”

“If we run a third [car], it would most likely be a customer car,” he said. “We’re open to that for sure but are looking for people that are interested to run with us.”

Despite news of a few withdrawals from the GT class, including the end of Cadillac Racing’s factory ATS.V-R program, Law is optimistic of seeing a strong grid in PWC next year.

“I’m upbeat about PWC,” he said. “I think it’s a great program and a great series.

“I do have some concerns with some of the teams that are leaving. But there are some new teams coming in. I hope the grids have a similar or greater amount of cars.

“It’s still top-level competition, so it doesn’t matter if we lose a couple or gain a couple, it’s not going to change the level of competition that’s out there.

“It’s been a great season this year with a huge fight. Multiple cars could have won and we look forward to that again next year.”

Flying Lizard Plans “Up in the Air”

Law, who also manages Flying Lizard Motorsports, said that team’s plans are a bit uncertain at this point, with no program yet confirmed for 2018.

The team campaigned two Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MRs in the GTS class for Rodrigo Baptista and Nate Stacy this year, achieving multiple wins with the Brazilian.

“The hope would be to return in GTS and run a similar two-car program like we did this year,” Law said. “Flying Lizard is a customer-based program. We know we can run a very good program and can run at the front of the grid.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Dan

    November 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I hope they stay with McLaren, they have been the only really successful McLaren GT3 team this year. I’m also planning a trip to VIR next year and seeing those 650S GT3 in person is near the top of my to do list. Here’s to hoping they return and that it’s with Mclaren.

  2. southcove

    November 24, 2017 at 8:53 am

    shame that Flying Lizard is on the downturn of their programs…what a ‘brand’ they have been over the years and more often at the pointy end of the field. (kind of like Dyson racing…)

    • Curtis

      November 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I wouldn’t necessarily say that Flying Lizard Motorsports is on a downturn. In fact, their footprint across the motorsport world is larger than ever. Last season alone they ran cars not only in PWC, but, in the Pirelli Porsche Cup as well. Not to mention their race winning performance at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill to close out 2016. With their management of the K PAX team, two cars in GTS, along with their presence in the Porsche Cup events, I’d say they had a pretty busy year. A team’s success, or relevance, shouldn’t be based merely on the series they’re involved in. After all, IMSA Weathertech isn’t necessarily the end all be all of the road racing world. As a customer racing program I think FLMS has set the bar and have not only maintained the brand that is Flying Lizard but, have built upon it. My hats off to Darren Law and the rest of the team for a job well done.

  3. S Dimas

    November 25, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Hopefully thy will keep Bryan Sellers as their other driver. He is one of the best all around drivers out there. He is awesome in whatever he drives!!

  4. Sol Shine

    November 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

    No matter how PWC tries to paint it their salad days are behind them and like Nascar they are trying all kinds of hokum to generate income, er, interest. Witness the silly 1 hour Enduros! LOL!!! Just designed to bring in more pay drivers to try and keep grids up. Their handling of GTS is just off the rails as well, the inclusion of Panoz and McLaren, to say nothing of the track day cars like Sin and XBow, in that class.

  5. Richard McConnell

    November 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Hope they stay with McLaren in both classes they have had great races and championships with McLaren I’m looking forward to seeing them at the Glen this year

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