#20 Dyson Racing Team Inc. Lola Lola B11/66 Mazda: Michael Marsal, Eric Lux, Tony Burgess
#20 Dyson Racing Team Inc. Lola Lola B11/66 Mazda: Michael Marsal, Eric Lux, Tony Burgess

Photo by: Art Fleischmann

Baltimore, MD (29 August 2012) – It will be the same car, same co-driver, and the same challenge that racing on a bumpy and concrete-lined race track brings, but it will be a completely different experience this weekend as Michael Marsal returns to American Le Mans Series competition for the Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT for Dyson Racing. Marsal will share the No. 20 Dyson Racing Mazda B11/66 Lola with co-driver Eric Lux in Saturday’s sprint event as Baltimore stages its second annual street event.

Just over four months ago, Marsal impressed in his Prototype debut at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as he checked an extensive list of ‘firsts’ off his list--from first time on a temporary circuit to first time in ALMS competition to first time racing a prototype. But despite not getting any dry laps in the car before he took the green flag for the race start, the young charger hit his marks perfectly and made his debut seem seamless.

Entering the Baltimore Grand Prix event this Labor Day weekend, Marsal rides the wave of five consecutive ALMS podiums and will look to make the most of the confidence that his rapidly accumulating experience brings. That confidence will come in handy as the series returns to a temporary street circuit that last year saw big crowds and tempers flare.

“The Baltimore event was huge last year and it was a pretty dramatic race, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend,” said Marsal. “I have a much better idea of what to expect compared to when I was getting ready for Long Beach. But even though I have a lot more experience with the Lola, it’s still a big challenge for all the drivers to drive and race on a track like this.”

Dyson Racing has been on a bit of a roll in the benchmark category--taking its 200th team podium result at Mid-Ohio, then setting a new record for closest-ever ALMS race finish with the big victory at Road America, and now this weekend playing host as Dyson Racing Vice President and Sporting Director and 2-time ALMS Champion Chris Dyson is set to make his 100th ALMS race start. As Marsal looks ahead to a September racing schedule that shows no signs of slowing down, he’s hoping he can add to the continued success of the storied organization.

“It’s incredible that Chris is racing in his 100th ALMS race--it’s a huge accomplishment,” said Marsal. “I’ve really enjoyed working with this Dyson Racing group and hopefully this weekend will be another big result. I don’t think that anyone who saw the end of the Road America race has calmed down yet!”

Source: Kyle Marsal media