Flying Lizard Motorsports and Krohn Racing have joined forces for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will see a single-car Audi R8 LMS entry for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.
Longtime co-drivers Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson will team up with Audi Sport customer racing factory pilots Pierre Kaffer and Christopher Haase in the team’s previous-generation Audi, the same car that finished 2nd in the event in 2014.
It will mark a return to the GT ranks for Krohn, which ran its Ligier JS P2 Judd at both Daytona and the Twelve Hours of Sebring this year but have opted for a GT Daytona class effort instead.
“We’ve competed against [Flying Lizard Motorsports] for many years and know they run a great operation,” Tracy Krohn said. “Last month we conducted a test with the Audi R8 LMS at Sonoma Raceway.
“This was the first time Nic and I have had the chance to drive the Audi and we were both very impressed.
“I feel very confident in our package heading into the Roar Before the 24. This particular car should be very good at Daytona, and we have an excellent driver lineup, so it should be a great event.”
Jonsson added: “Having the opportunity to join a team with such pedigree is great for both myself and Tracy. And to do that as a collaboration between the two teams makes it very strong.”
Flying Lizard program manager Darren Law sees the benefits of using its tried-and-trusted Audi for the around-the-clock enduro instead of new GT3 machinery, which the majority of the class will be utilizing.
“To bring a brand new car with limited testing is risky for such a long event like this, so we are confident in our choice of last years car,” Law said.
“Our car is proven, it is reliable, and we know its strengths and its weaknesses, which will help us to be better prepared.”
It’s unclear if the partnership could extend into Sebring or possibly the remaining Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.
Krohn’s primary 2016 program is believed to again be in the European Le Mans Series with its Ligier-Judd.