No. 20 Dyson and 16 Sebring Diary: 18:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 18:25 and on for the next hour or so, Saturday The Dyson Porsche RS Spyders continue to pit every hour on the 25-minute mark with Marino Franchitti bringing the 20 Car first in, this time with a quick a 1:20 in and...


No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 18:25 and on for the next hour or so, Saturday

The Dyson Porsche RS Spyders continue to pit every hour on the 25-minute mark with Marino Franchitti bringing the 20 Car first in, this time with a quick a 1:20 in and out of the pit lane.

Two minutes later, Guy Smith flashed into the 16 Car pits, running first overall with a narrow under five-second lead over the No. 7 Penske Spyder and turned the car over to Chris Dyson, who returned to the fray some minute and a half behind the 7.

A fuel-mileage battle to the checkered flag between the 16 and the 7 was shaping up because the teams were pitting about a half hour apart. However, some 20 minutes into the 16's current fuel run, yet another full-course caution period crunched onto the scene and was within an acceptable fuel window for the Penske to pit. Needing a top-up on oil, the 16 also pitted, putting the cars in the same fuel window; however, the team chose not to change tires, saving 30 seconds.

On the restart with about three hours to go, the No. 7 Penske was leading with the No. 16 (Dyson up) and the No. 20 (Franchitti aboard) and Luis Diaz in the No. 15 Lowe's Fernandez Acura lined up some dozen seconds behind the leading Penske.

If you've been watching this race live on SPEED, you were treated to a huge scrum for second place among the Dyson, Franchitti and Diaz. Dyson with more miles on his tires clung to second as best he could for a good 10 minutes before letting his teammate Franchitti through. When Diaz slipped the Acura through to third a couple of laps later, Dyson pushed his worn tires too hard trying to maintain contact and fell off the road. The 16 crew pulled the car in to get fresh rubber and install Guy Smith for the final two hours.

At 2005, the 20 Car came in for what should be its next to final stop, taking on rubber and fuel and installing Andy Lally for Franchitti, who had done a magnificent job taking the 20 into a solid second overall behind the No. 7 Penske Porsche.

At the end of his first ride with the Dyson Racing Team, Franchitti was over the top: "We earlier fixed the fuel rig and didn't give up and the guys made some great calls. I've been saying all week we had a good car, and I don't think I was lying. It was working really well there.

"That last stint, I was pushing really hard and to stay ahead of the (Fernandez) Acura. I've just got to thank Porsche for the piece they've given us because it really helped me stay ahead of him.

"I felt my seat was pretty good, but I'm really icky after that, so we and my buddy Matt who makes the seats have got some work to do."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Luis Diaz , Andy Lally , Marino Franchitti , Chris Dyson
Teams Dyson Racing