Dyson to reward SRII champ with test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 9, 2000) -- The inaugural champion of the SportsRacer Lights division will be getting more than a trophy and a check. Leading Grand American Road Racing Association car owner Rob Dyson announced today that the ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 9, 2000) -- The inaugural champion of the SportsRacer Lights division will be getting more than a trophy and a check. Leading Grand American Road Racing Association car owner Rob Dyson announced today that the champion of the class for smaller-engined open-cockpit prototypes will get a test in one of his race cars.

"We're always looking for new talent, and there's no better place to look than the SportsRacer Lights class," said Dyson. "The Grand-Am created the new class as a stepping-stone for the powerful SportsRacers, so it's fitting that the first champion of the new class will get an actual test in a competitive SportsRacer."

The inaugural Grand-Am season closes August 25-25 with the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at historic Watkins Glen International. The weekend includes a pair of points-paying races, a pair of 100-kilometer qualifying races on Friday evening, plus Sunday's revival of the Six Hours.

Dyson Racing has been a top contender all season, winning four races. Dyson will co-drive with veterans John Paul Jr. and Elliott Forbes-Robinson at the Glen in one of two Ford-powered Riley & Scott Mark IIIs, with the other piloted by four-time winner and SportsRacer points leader James Weaver, plus Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace. Dyson Racing is currently second in the Team Owner Program, trailing Doran Lista Racing by only six points.

Archangel Motorsports teammates Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton are tied for the lead in the SportsRacer Lights points, with 241 each, followed by Spencer Motorsports teammates Rich Grupp and Dennis Spencer.

Told that teammates might share in the championship, Dyson replied, "Then it's only fitting that both drivers get a chance to test."

Dyson said the test would probably be scheduled in September at Watkins Glen International, which is near the Dyson Racing headquarters in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Practice for the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The Grand-Am GT qualifying race is set for 7:15 p.m., followed by the SportsRacer qualifying race at 8 p.m. The weekend also includes a three-hour Motorola Cup race on Saturday, the American City Racing League, and a pair of U.S. F2000 National Championship races. For tickets, call (607) 535-2481. For additional information, visit the official web site, www.grand-am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Ryan Hampton , Dennis Spencer , Larry Oberto , John Paul , Rich Grupp
Teams Dyson Racing