Leitzinger placed Dyson Racing's Lola Mazda sixth on the Sebring 12 hour grid

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New cars on 1941 runways: Qualifying at Sebring

SEBRING, FL March 15, 2013 - Dyson Racing, winners of first place ALMS points in P1 in last year's 12 Hours of Sebring, will start the 61st editon of America's most demanding long-distance sport car race in sixth place. Butch Leitzinger qualified the #16 Thetford/RACER Lola Mazda, posting a time a second quicker than the car's previous best in practice. Butch is sharing the driving duties this weekend with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, last year's Sebring P1 winners.

#16 Dyson Racing Team Lola B12/60 Mazda: Chris Dyson, Guy Smith, Butch Leitzinger
#16 Dyson Racing Team Lola B12/60 Mazda: Chris Dyson, Guy Smith, Butch Leitzinger

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

With tomorrow's race, Butch will move into second place on the list of all time Sebring starts with twenty-one to his credit. "My first 12 Hours was 1989 with my dad's GTU team. It was the first time here as a team. The clutch went, I spun the car, we had a flat tire, and then we dropped a valve and ran on five cylinders. It was a rough baptism to Sebring, but the next year we won the GTU class and began a string of three wins in a row for the team."

Guy Smith is no stranger to Sebring having thirteen starts to his credit. His first race with Dyson Racing was here in 2005. "I have run every race here since 2000. It was actually my second-ever sports car race. My first ever was at Daytona with Stefan Johansson. Daytona was pretty big, but when I came here, I found an atmosphere which is probably second only to Le Mans. I very much enjoy this race. It is nice to have an off season, but by January, you are itching to get back in the car. There is nothing better than stepping off a plane into the warm weather and arriving at Sebring."

Chris Dyson first raced here in 2002 and won in LMP675 the following year. 2013 marks his twelfth year here. "One of my better memories was the race Guy and I had in 2008 against Penske's RS Spyders. We were solidly in contention and ended up leading a good part of the race. It was an exciting race for us. And last year's result was just fantastic too!"

Joining Dyson Racing at Sebring and for the 2013 season is Michelin Tires. The team ran Michelins from 2005 - 2010. "Michelin is pleased to add one of North America's most storied endurance racing teams, Dyson Racing, as a Michelin technical partner team," stated Chris Baker, Director, Motorsports Michelin North America. Dyson added, It is a thrill to be back working with Michelin and they are definitely pushing the envelope with their technologies and I think we are going to be very competitive together this year."

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