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So this is interesting news. Here's a team with a seriously long track record, championships, runs at Le Mans, operation as a factory team for Porsche. Just how far behind them Audi gets remains to be seen but this is really interesting.

Begin press release from Audi:

Audi R8 LMS picked by Flying Lizard Motorsports for TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Flying Lizard purchase two Audi R8 LMS customer race cars to contest the full inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Audi Sport customer racing and Flying Lizard partner to campaign with two Audi R8 LMS race cars that will compete in the GTD-Class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The partnership between Audi and Flying Lizard Motorsports represents two brands that have had great success racing over the years and have proven the ability to win at the highest level of motorsports. The Audi R8 LMS has had great success around the globe in many of the most important endurance races including winning the Daytona 24 Hour race earlier this year as part of the final GRAND-AM season. With three team championships as well as three driver championships during ten years of racing in ALMS, Flying Lizard is a professional race organization that knows how to win. Flying Lizard Motorsports has also competed at the Le Mans 24 Hour race multiple times and is no stranger to endurance racing.

“We are excited to welcome such a successful organization in Flying Lizard to our customer racing efforts. They share a great passion to compete on the track and have proven that they are a winning organization. We look forward to supporting them and our other teams in their race efforts”, said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.

The Audi R8 LMS race car shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 Liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components. Having won all of the major 24 hour races around the world, owners of the Audi R8 street car can be confident in its race-tested performance and durability. Of great benefit to the race teams is the first service interval at 12,000 miles under race conditions which translates into lower operating costs.

While testing will commence in Sebring on November 16th, the first race for both of the Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS cars will be at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25, 2014.

About Audi of America
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
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