Flying Lizard announced today that chief engineer Craig Watkins is retiring from the team. "It's been an amazing run with the Lizards in GT racing," said Watkins. "It's hard to believe it's been almost ten years and more than 100 races! Now it's time to take a break and I'm looking forward to spending more with my family. I know I can't leave racing completely, so look for me at Porsche club races here on the west coast."
Team principal Seth Neiman added, "Craig has been an integral part of the program since before we were even a fully formed team. His knowledge of how to make Porsches fast and drivable is truly unique and has helped us win five ALMS GT championships over the last nine seasons. Besides being a talented engineer, he's also a true friend and we'll miss him in 2013 and beyond."
From his family's first Porsche (1958 356A) to his first racecar (a highly modified 1958 VW beetle) to his own first Porsche (1973 911T), Watkins has been engineering and racing cars since he was a teenager. He began off-road racing in 1976 and competed in a Class10 car in the SCORE series from 1983 to 1990. Racing with Greg Aronson, Watkins won nearly every major off-road race including the Parker Dam 400, the Baja 1000 and the Frontier 500; he won the SCORE points championship in 1987. In the early 90's Watkins began racing in local Porsche club events, where he met driver Johannes van Overbeek who would introduce him to World Challenge GT racing and the Lizards. Watkins has been Flying Lizard chief engineer since its inception in 2003.
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