Following Flying Lizard Motorsports’ announcement of a 2017 program in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class the team has confirmed one of its drivers will be 2016 class runner-up Nate Stacy.
Seventeen-year-old Stacy earned one win and eight podiums in his first full season in the GTS class, driving the Roush Performance Ford Mustang, clinching second in the championship with a third place at Laguna Seca despite starting at the back of the grid.
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“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. It will be exciting to learn so much from the whole team.”
“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.”
As part of the driver development program that Flying Lizard Motorsports has established with Porsche to coach and cultivate young talents in North America, Stacy will race one of two FLM Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MRs.
Program Manager Darren Law said: “With our latest announcement of Flying Lizard coming back into the Porsche Motorsport fold fulltime, we have a lot a great things happening for the upcoming season.
“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 and follow the progress of some of the up and coming talent.
“Nate Stacy is one who really caught my eye. He showed the ability on track with raw speed, he was able to fight for podiums and wins in a car that was difficult to drive. He showed great racecraft in difficult conditions against some veteran drivers, and we felt he should be given an opportunity with our program.”