Sebring: Goodyear Racing recap

American Le Mans Series: Two cars equipped with Goodyear tires raced to class victories in the 51st Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring, the 2003 season opener for the American Le Mans Series. The tiremaker won the GTS class for the third consecutive...

American Le Mans Series:

Two cars equipped with Goodyear tires raced to class victories in the 51st Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring, the 2003 season opener for the American Le Mans Series. The tiremaker won the GTS class for the third consecutive year and won in LMP 675.

The Goodyear-shod class winners were a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R raced by Corvette Racing in the GTS class and a Lola EX 257/AER MG from Dyson Racing in LMP 675.

"I think a lot of the credit for the speed goes to Goodyear," said Corvette driver Ron Fellows. "Certainly we have struggled in the past when it has been hot and greasy. Today it was quite different. As a matter of fact, it was when we were at our best. This car is what we used last year. It has some updates. But I think our ability to maintain a solid pace goes to Goodyear."

The Corvette Fellows co-drove with Johnny O'Connell and Franck Freon finished eighth overall and 16 laps ahead of its nearest GTS rival.

The MG-powered Lola campaigned by Dyson Racing was 18th overall. Dyson driver Didier de Radigues won the 2001 ALMS LMP 675 championship and used Goodyear tires to do so. The victory at Sebring gave de Radigues and co-drivers Chris Dyson and Chad Block an early leg up in the chase for the 2003 championship.

"I was already happy with the Goodyears then in 2001," said de Radigues. "I never had any problem with the tires. Now I must say the same, I think everybody has been happy with the tires."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Didier de Radigues , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Franck Freon , Chad Block , Chris Dyson
Teams Corvette Racing , Dyson Racing