Flying Lizard Motorsports is set to assault the 96th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this Sunday, June 24. The No. 45 Flying Lizard/Toyo Tires McLaren 12C GT3 has been specially tuned for the unique race up the 12.42-mile, 156-turn public toll road which climbs from the start at 9,390 ft. to a power-robbing 14,115 ft. elevation. Set to drive the McLaren, which will run on Toyo Proxes slick tires, is Clint Vahsholtz — owner of the most class victories in the history of the PPIHC.
“When Toyo Tires came to us with the request to take on Pikes Peak, we felt this was a great project to be involved with,” said Flying Lizard program manager Darren Law. “Although this is something very different for Flying Lizard Motorsports, we always like to challenge ourselves, and this is a great opportunity to show our versatility in motorsports.”
Flying Lizard team principal Tommy Sadler is heading up the Pikes Peak operation while McLaren GT provides engineering expertise. Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager of motorsports for Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., is overseeing the tire side of the operation.
”Toyo Tires is excited to be partnered with Flying Lizard Motorsports and Clint Vahsholtz for this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said Sanzenbacher. “Flying Lizard has delivered three consecutive overall wins of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill on Toyo Proxes slicks and by adding the winningest driver on this legendary mountain to the equation, we are confident we will see a great run this weekend.”
“Pikes Peak testing is complete, and Tommy (Sadler) and team have the McLaren handling great,” said Vahsholtz. “Going into what is a very demanding schedule this week, I feel that our slight adjustments will produce good results. The Toyo Proxes tires have worked awesome!”
The 96th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb gets underway at 8:00 a.m. local time on Sunday. Live streaming of the vent is available on a pay-per-view basis. Click here for more information or to sign up.