Dyson Team submits first entry as anticipation builds for Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
BRASELTON, Ga. (January 6, 2003) -- With only 68 days until the 2003 American Le Mans Series season kicks off with the 51st renewal of America's oldest sports car race, the Dyson Racing Team has submitted the first official entry for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
The Dyson team, one of the most successful sports car racing teams in America over the past two decades, has entered a pair of Lola EX257-MG machines in the LMP 675 class for the 12-hour endurance race at Florida's Sebring International Raceway. The race will be run on Saturday, March 15.
Butch Leitzinger of State College, Penn., will team with a pair of drivers from England, James Weaver and Andy Wallace, in one of the Dyson entries. The second car will be steered by team owner Rob Dyson and his son, Chris, both of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and a third driver to be named.
The Dyson team has already announced plans to field two cars in all 10 races for the American Le Mans Series in 2003. Leitzinger and Weaver will co-drive in most of the shorter races on the schedule, while Wallace will be paired with Chris Dyson in most of the rest of the races. The team has already held one off-season test at Sebring and plans another test this week.
Four classes of American Le Mans Series cars will compete in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and 60 cars are expected to take the green flag at 10:30 a.m. on March 15. The race, which will feature the highly-anticipated North American debut of the sleek Bentley Prototype race car, will be televised live from flag-to-flag by the SPEED Channel and the American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.
Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling 800-626-RACE (inside Florida) or 863-655-1442 (outside Florida). Special advance ticket prices are in effect until March 1.