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LAW: A Great Move for Flying Lizard

Flying Lizard Motorsports program manager Darren Law on team’s future move to Arizona…

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At Sonoma Raceway in 2004, Flying Lizard Motorsports took its first steps as a professional sports car racing team and began a successful campaign of multiple championships.

Our headquarters began as two 3,000 square-foot shops on the track’s property, and over the last 18 years, we’ve grown to four separate buildings totaling over 12,000 square feet in Northern California.

Now as we approach our 20-year milestone, we have decided to move the central headquarters of our race team to Apex Motor Club in Phoenix, which is a big change for our racing organization.

The original intent for Flying Lizard Motorsports was to build a globally-recognized brand, racing at the top level of GT with success in driver, team, and manufacturer championships.

We started with our Porsche program in 2004 and continue today with multiple programs from amateur club racing to the top levels of professional sports car racing. Flying Lizard has achieved multiple championships in multiple series, and we are continually expanding.

Currently we race in multiple series such as the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Series and compete all over the world.

Sonoma has been an amazing home for us, but as our team continues to grow, our organization needs a central headquarters with room to grow, and the Apex facility perfectly fits the bill.

We will have the opportunity to build a new shop from the ground up. Our move will give us the opportunity to base all race operations in one 15,000 square foot building. We will be based trackside with so much more opportunity to test and work on car development daily.

Apex is really an ideal location for us because both myself and one of my business partners, Tommy Sadler, live locally.

The racing community in the area is larger than one would expect, and it is rare that a race facility is in a location such as this. We will be located just 35 minutes southwest of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport & Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and less than an hour drive from downtown Phoenix and downtown Scottsdale.

The weather offers over 300 days of sunshine which translates to unlimited track time! With the Barrett Jackson Auction, Phoenix Open and so many other venues it is not only great for the racing community but a great place for family and vacationing.

Because the build-out will still take some time, we will still operate out of our current facility in Sonoma for through the 2023 racing season. We will determine our presence at Sonoma Raceway beyond the 2023 season as we take possession of the new facility and get settled in late next year.

Apex Motor Club is currently operating in Phase One of their own development plan, featuring a newly built 2.27-mile circuit. With a distinguishable 3,400 foot long straightaway and multiple configurations, this track is a lot of fun to drive. I’ve put in many laps here already, and I’m a fan of the layout. Phase Two will start soon, adding another two miles to the existing layout.

This is a great move for Flying Lizard. Our program has seen a lot of changes over the last few years, and it has only made our business grow and become more successful. It will be great to have all of our cars and programs under one roof and in a brand new and popular facility!

Darren Law (@Daw544) is a sports car racing driver turned team owner, serving as the program manager for Flying Lizard Motorsports.

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