Rob & Chris Dyson Enter Rolex 24
Team With Gue & Brix at Essex Racing for Endurance Classic
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, January 3, 2005-- Rob Dyson, who has won America's classic 24-hour sportscar race once as a driver and twice as an owner, will compete in the 43rd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona with his son, Chris. The pair will join Harrison Brix and James Gue in a Crawford-Ford DP03 prepared and entered by Essex Racing for the twice-around-the-clock traditional kick-off to the North American racing season.
"I have great memories of racing at Daytona, and winning it as a driver in 1997 is one of the highlights of my career," Dyson said. "Driving here with Chris will be very special. And winning the race with him would be a real thrill."
Dyson made the decision to enter the Daytona race after participating in tire tests with the Essex Racing team at Miami-Homestead earlier this month. "Michael Gue runs a very professional operation, and Chris and I agreed that this would be something we'd enjoy doing together. It's strictly a one-off and we didn't want to enter the race with our own team; they're busy getting ready for the American Le Mans Series season-opener at Sebring in March. But racing at Daytona with Michael's team, we knew we'd have a excellent, safe, competitive car and a good chance to win the race. What more could we ask?"
Chris Dyson, the ALMS 2003 LMP-675 champion and one of America's top up-and-coming sportscar racers, drove for Dyson Racing in the Rolex 24 in 2002, but the car dropped out near the mid-way point of the race with engine failure.
"Rob and I had planned to do some driving together in 2003," Chris said, "but Rob injured his shoulder and we weren't able to do that. I think that 2005 is going to be a big year for Dyson Racing, and this will be a great way for my dad and me to kick off the season."
Chris rates highly their teammates, both from similar racing heritage. Gue raced full-time for Miracle Motorsports in 2004 and helped them to the ALMS LMP-2 title. Brix, whose father Harry was a successful sportscar team owner in the nineties, competed successfully in the Grand-Am Cup. "Harrison and James are both quite good. They're quick and seem to have good judgment. Rob's still plenty fast, too, so I think that we'll have enough speed to be fully competitive.JDyson Racing has had a long relationship with Max Crawford, and I know that he's built a great car. The engine has been done by Robert Yates, and his shop builds very strong Ford V8s. Michael Gue has been preparing successful endurance racing entries for as long as I can remember -- actually I guess longer than I can remember -- so I'm confident that the car should be able to go the distance."
Practice begins for the Rolex 24 at Dayona on February 3, and the race commences Saturday, February 5.