Dyson Racing Moves To Michelin in American Le Mans Series Dyson and Champion will battle on Michelins in 2005 Braselton, GA - Dyson Racing, one of the top teams in the American Le Mans Series, will switch to Michelin tires for the 2005 season of...
Dyson Racing Moves To Michelin in American Le Mans Series
Dyson and Champion will battle on Michelins in 2005
Braselton, GA - Dyson Racing, one of the top teams in the American Le Mans Series, will switch to Michelin tires for the 2005 season of the professional sports car racing series, Michelin announced today.
In the past two seasons, the Dyson team has been the only team to score overall race wins in the American Le Mans Series with a car other than the Audi R8. Those victories were accomplished on Goodyear tires, but the Dyson Lola B01/60-AER machines will ride on Michelins in 2005 as the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., team competes for the championship of the LMP1 class, the top Prototype class in the ALMS. Competition will come from the ADT Champion Racing team, which will run a pair of Audi R8s on Michelins as it seeks its second straight ALMS title.
Michelin has been the dominant tire since the formation of the ALMS in 1999, taking overall wins in all but three of the 56 races held. Michelin has also won the tire manufacturer's championship in the LMP1 class in all six seasons of the ALMS.
Dyson Racing undertook its first test of Michelin tires today at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, site of the 53rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring that will open the 2005 ALMS season Mar. 16-19. Team drivers Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace already have recent experience on Michelin tires, having driven Michelin-shod Zytek Prototypes in European races in 2004.
"The tires were fantastic in the Silverstone (England) 1000K," said Dyson, who drove in a Le Mans Endurance Series event in the Zytek. "They had great grip from the first lap out of the pits and were incredibly consistent. We were able to go two stints without changing tires, and the car was as fast the last lap as the first. Really, that drive convinced me that Michelin had the edge."
The switch by Dyson Racing, which has raced on Goodyear for many years, is regarded as a landmark move similar to the switch by the factory Chevrolet Corvette team from Goodyear to Michelin prior to the 2004 season.
"The fact that major teams and manufacturers keep knocking on our door is the highest compliment we could receive as a tire manufacturer," said Amanda Head, Michelin motorsports marketing manager, Michelin Americas Small Tires.
"Dyson in ALMS has been a very tough opponent during the past few years and we expect they will continue their winning performances next year with Michelin tires," she said. "The battle in P1 between Dyson and Champion Audi will be outstanding and provide our tire engineers with a great internal competition. The competition among our partner teams is just as fierce as our competition against other tire manufacturers."