Flying Lizard Motorsports announced Tuesday that Nate Stacy as the first driver to sign for its two-car Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR effort in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class next year.
Stacy has signed a one-year deal with the team with the option to pursue a second year. Seventeen year old Stacy showed an impressive performance throughout the 2016 season, earning one win and eight podiums in his first full season in the GTS class.
“It means a lot to me as a driver to be a part of this effort,” said Stacy. “It is a big step forward for me to run with such a proven race team with so much history. With their experience, it’ll be exciting to learn so much from the whole team.”
The Oklahoma native began his racing career at age twelve, winning two races in the production altered Comma Series, as well as becoming the youngest driver to not only finish in the top 10, but to even compete in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Stacy returned to the Comma Series in 2013 and became the youngest driver to win the championship, earning six wins and two top five finishes.
He joined PWC in 2014, competing in the Touring Car class. In his rookie season, he earned one win and an impressive eight podium finishes.
The following year, Stacy focused on gaining experience and furthering his development as a driver, starting the season in the TC class before switching to GTS for the remainder of the season.
At just 16 years old, Stacy entered the 2016 season as a full season GTS entry with Roush Performance, showing increased talent with every race.
He capped off the season with one of his most impressive drives to date, starting from the back of the grid to finish third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“I’ve come a long way in this last season,” said Stacy. “I still need to improve on my driving before I step into GT, so there’s still a lot to learn.”
Program manager Darren Law added: “One of our goals is to give young drivers the right opportunity in the racing industry to be successful and showcase their talent.
“During the last two seasons in Pirelli World Challenge, I have had the opportunity to watch some of the other classes, especially the GTS Class and follow the progress of some of the up and coming talent.
“This is a great platform for young drivers, and Nate Stacy is one that really caught my eye.”