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Dyson, Howard Motorsports Have Unfinished Business at VIR Last to first run cut short in '06 Denver, N.C. - When Howard Motorsports unloads the ...

Dyson, Howard Motorsports Have Unfinished Business at VIR
Last to first run cut short in '06

Denver, N.C. - When Howard Motorsports unloads the #16 Thetford / Norcold Porsche Crawford for the VIR 400 this weekend, Chris Dyson believes he has some unfinished business on his hands.

In the 2006 VIR 400, Chris Dyson and co-driver Guy Smith started last on the grid. Within the first thirty minutes, the #16 Thetford / Norcold Crawford was leading the event. Then, contact by another car on a restart after a caution period ended their hopes of challenging for the win. This year, Dyson will have his father, Rob, co-driving the Howard Motorsports entry in their return to the 3.27-mile Alton, Virginia course.

Success at Virginia International Raceway is nothing new for the Dyson family. In fact, Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace won the inaugural VIR 400 in September, 2002, to give Crawford Race Cars their first ever Rolex Series victory in the SSC2K. Now, five years later, Dyson returns with the Porsche Crawford DP03 in search of another trip to victory lane.

"VIR makes for really exciting racing," Chris Dyson noted. "It's a fast track with lots of dramatic elevation changes. Judging traffic is incredibly important as the passing opportunities are few."

The historic Virginia International Raceway has special memories for Rob Dyson too.

"I remember VIR when it was called Danville," Rob added. "It was the site for the Ford GT testing prior to going to Lemans in the 60s. Harvey Siegel and his staff have done a remarkable job resurrecting the facility. In fact, it's even better than before. I look forward to competing at VIR this weekend in our Porsche Crawford."

"One of our great days working with the Crawford family was winning the inaugural VIR 400," Chris Dyson concluded. "VIR is Howard Motorsports home track, so, on a personal level, I would love nothing more than to get a good result this weekend."

A win in the VIR 400 would be the first for Howard Motorsports at their home track. And you know Chris and Rob Dyson would love to be the duo to provide them that victory.

The VIR 400 is set for a 1 PM ET start on Sunday, April 29th. SPEED will provide live coverage of the fourth of fourteen Grand-Am Rolex Series races in 2007.

-credit: d/hm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Guy Smith , Rob Dyson , Chris Dyson