At Sonoma Raceway in 2004, Flying Lizard Motorsports took its first steps as a professional sports car racing team and began a successful multi-championship campaign.
Our headquarters began as two 3,000-square-foot stores on track property, and over the past 18 years, we’ve grown to four separate buildings totaling more than 12,000 square feet in Northern California.
As we approach our 20 year milestone, we have decided to move our racing team headquarters to Apex Motor Club in Phoenix, which is a big change for our racing organization.
The original intention of Flying Lizard Motorsports was to build a globally recognized brand, competing at the highest level of GT with success in the drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ championships.
We started with our Porsche program in 2004 and continue today with multiple programs from amateur club racing to the highest levels of professional sports car racing. Flying Lizard has achieved multiple championships in multiple series, and we are continually expanding.
We currently participate in several series such as Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Porsche Sprint Challenge Series and compete all over the world.
Sonoma has been an amazing home for us, but as our team continues to grow, our organization needs a headquarters with room to grow, and the Apex facility fits the bill perfectly.
We will have the opportunity to build a new store from scratch. Our move will give us the opportunity to base all race operations in a 15,000 square foot building. We will be on the track with many more opportunities to test and work on the development of the car on a daily basis.
Apex is really an ideal location for us because both myself and one of my business associates, Tommy Sadler, live locally.
The racing community in the area is larger than you might expect, and it’s rare for a racing facility to be located in a place like this. We’ll be located just 35 minutes southwest of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and less than an hour’s drive from downtown Phoenix and downtown Scottsdale.
The weather offers over 300 days of sunshine, which translates to unlimited track time! With the Barrett Jackson Auction, the Phoenix Open, and so many other venues, it’s not only great for the racing community, but also a great family and vacation spot.
Because construction will still take some time, we will continue to operate from our current facility in Sonoma through the 2023 racing season. We will determine our presence at Sonoma Raceway beyond the 2023 season when we take ownership of the new facility and settle in late of the next year.
Apex Motor Club is currently operating on Phase One of its own development plan, which features a newly constructed 2.27-mile circuit. With a distinguishable 3,400-foot-long straightaway and multiple configurations, this track is a lot of fun to drive. I have already done many laps here and I am a fan of the design. Phase Two will begin soon, adding another two miles to the existing layout.
This is a great move for Flying Lizard. Our program has seen many changes in the last few years, and it has only made our business grow and be more successful. It will be great to have all of our cars and shows under one roof and in a new and popular facility!