Troy Lee might not be a household name, but his artistry should be instantly recognizable to racing fans. His helmet art adorns the brain buckets of drivers in every form of motorsports, from NASCAR to Motocross. He's also been associated with Hot Wheels and SEMA specials, among other things. Now he can add the ALMS Flying Lizard team to his resume. Along with the pair of American Le Mans GT1 racers, Lee has also designed a line of Lizard Gear that should be available later this year. The team will make its public debut as the ALMS season kicks off at Sebring this weekend. Lee's new graphics for the Porsche GT3 RSRs are pictured here and in a high-res gallery available by clicking below. The team's full press release can also be found after the jump.
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Flying Lizard Partners with Troy Lee for 2007 Season
March 12, 2007 - Sebring, Florida - The business card says helmet painter, but don't let that fool you. For Troy Lee, what began 25 years ago as a hobby painting motocross helmets in his garage has evolved into an iconic racing design and gear business. Troy is famous in these circles: he's worked with some of the most prominent athletes in racing from F1 to NASCAR, Motocross to Enduro to Freestyle, Dirt Track to Road Racing, MTB to BMX. A racer himself, Troy has been a major proponent of motocross and an important part of its resurgence in the U.S. The Team TLD/ Honda professional AMA Supermoto team won both the Supermoto and the Supermoto Lites championships in 2006.
Not surprisingly, many Lizards are attracted to or participate in the world of extreme sports. According to 24-year old Lizard mechanic Travis Lewis, "I work in road racing and in my spare time I compete on my dirt bike in amateur events. I see a lot of parallels between the two sports. The technology is cool - both motocross and sports car racing have the latest and greatest. Mainly it's the extreme part of it. Endurance racing is a set of extremes: to win, you need extreme skill and have to perform on the extreme edge, for a long time. To excel at either sport you have to be part of a great team and be a great athlete. The races are fun - it's loud, exciting, there's always something happening and you get to be part of the action in the paddock instead of sitting in a grandstand."
When Jennifer Hart, Lizard marketing director, first saw the aggressive profile of the new 2007 Porsches, she finally saw her opportunity to push the Lizards' look to match the new car. "We contacted Troy to see if there was any interest in working with us. When we met with him, it was immediately clear that both organizations' commitment to performance and love of their respective sports could make us natural collaborators."
Starting with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSRS, Troy quickly got his arms around the project, pushing the team on a new design for their transporters and even Seth's helmet. "When I look at any design project, whether it's two wheels or 18, I want to make it look like it's going 200 mph while standing still._This is my first project in the American Le Mans Series and it's been great to work with Flying Lizard. I got my start working on Porsches back in Laguna Beach in the early 80's, and I'm happy to be working on Porsches again now."
Another exciting dimension of the collaboration is some new LizardGear designed by Troy Lee. Check out the new gear at our online store at www.lizardms.com.
Sports car fans look for Troy's Supermoto team at some upcoming ALMS events and Supermoto fans look for the Lizards at some AMA events near you.
For more on Troy Lee, see www.troyleedesigns.com.
Sebring Race Details_The Lizards hit the track this week for the ALMS season opener, the 55th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Florida, March 17. The green flag will fall shortly after 10 a.m. with SPEED TV providing live coverage._The race also will be broadcast by ALMS Radio with Live Timing & Scoring available at americanlemans.com. Flying Lizard will broadcast their radio transmissions live during the race. For more on this and on the team's 2007 schedule, see www.lizardms.com.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports_Founded in 2003, the Sonoma, Calif-based Flying Lizard team is readying for its fourth season of sports car racing with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In 2007, the team will again field two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs - the No. 44 and the No. 45 - in the 12-race ALMS season.
The Flying Lizard squad has finished in the top three in the ALMS drivers'_and team championships in every season to date. In 2006, Johannes van Overbeek was second in the ALMS GT2 drivers' championship and the team finished third. In 2005, van Overbeek was third in the ALMS GT2 drivers'_championship and the team finished in third. In 2004, in their inaugural year, Johannes and the team finished in second place. Flying Lizard has completed two contests at the historic 24 Heures du Mans, finishing fourth in GT2 in 2006 and third in 2005.
Visit the team website at www.lizardms.com.