Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne will share the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS at this weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Cosmo will make his team debut while Byrne will make his TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series debut.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Flying Lizard Motorsports,” Cosmo said. “This is a team that has set the standard for professionalism and success.
“After competing directly against them for three seasons in the ALMS GT category, I know the depth of their talent and strength of the effort they put forward. They are a truly first-class organization and I am honored to finally have the opportunity to become a ‘Lizard.'”
Byrne has past experience in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Ferrari Challenge and Maserati Trofeo Series.
“I’m very excited to be driving with Guy Cosmo and working with Darren Law, two of my favorite career drivers,” Byrne said.
“We’ve all been wanting to do this for a couple of years now and it’s finally happening! I have always enjoyed driving here and very much look forward to this weekend.”
The team led the first 77 laps in the GT Daytona class in last year’s GTD and Prototype Challenge split race, before Spencer Pumpelly ran out of fuel on the final lap, and it dropped the No. 45 car to a sixth place finish. The sister No. 35 car finished fifth.