Flying Lizard Motorsports has revealed that it has been under new ownership, with Darren Law, crew chief Tommy Sadler and chief strategist Thomas Blam having stepped up to assume operations and day-to-day management of the team.
The transformation took place over the course of the 2015 season, which saw the team move to full-time Pirelli World Challenge competition with K-PAX Racing.
Team principal Seth Neiman, who founded the California-based operation in 2004, stepped aside from driving this year, as part of the first step of the transition process.
“For a few years, I knew the time was coming for me to step back from racing – first driving, and then ownership and management of the team,” Neiman said.
“Of course, I was concerned about who would carry the team forward, building on all that we had done, and continuing in their own way. My ideal scenario was for the senior team and long term colleagues to take it on.
“I couldn’t have been happier when Tommy, Thomas and Darren jumped at the chance to make the Lizards their own.
“They’ve chosen to move the team in new directions, while continuing the focus on excellence, and are clearly creating an exciting and worthy next chapter for Flying Lizard Motorsports.”
Sadler’s role as crew chief transitioned into technical director, with Blam taking over team manager duties from Eric Ingraham, who stayed on board during the transition.
Law, meanwhile, joined Flying Lizard in Nov. 2014 following his tenure as COO of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, as Flying Lizard Program Manager.
“This was a shift within our core business model,” Law said. “For us, 2015 was an important year to collect data and work to establish future programs.”
The team has since gone onto achieve notable success this year, in its first season of PWC with K-PAX, as well as maintaining a presence in IMSA with a partial-season GTD program.
“Seth left big shoes to fill, but he also handpicked each member of this team,” Law said
“We have history here and share his passion for the Flying Lizard brand and want it to succeed just as much as he did. Flying Lizard Motorsports has always been a top tier program now we are going to expand this to additional areas of the racing industry.”
The Lizards have yet to announce their 2016 program but Law told Sportscar365 last month they are planning to return to PWC, with options also in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Porsche club racing.