Dyson Racing Returns Rolex Series For Pontiac
Successful Team Joins Series-leading Pontiac at Watkins Glen; Pontiac GTO.Rs to Try for Another Victory at Famed Road Course
DETROIT - Dyson Racing will again rejoin Howard-Boss Motorsports to compete in the Daytona Prototype class of the 12th round of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen International, named the Crown Royal 250 at The Glen. One of the founding teams of the Rolex Series, Dyson Racing won sixteen races between 2000 and 2002 along with three team and two driver championships. Currently, co-driver Chris Dyson is currently in second place in driver points in the LMP1 class of ALMS with two races to go. Chris's father Rob will share the #06 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford with Harrison Brix; Chris will be suited and ready at the upcoming race but will be on standby.
"The upcoming race at Watkins Glen is quite different from the six-hour race that we did at the same track back in June," said Chris Dyson. "It's essentially a sprint race with much less room for elaborate strategies. It will be a flat-out drive pretty much the whole way. We were pretty strong when we raced at The Glen in August on the short course and the team has made some big steps forward since we last raced on the long course three months ago."
Watkins Glen has two course configurations: the original long course, a 3.37-mile circuit, and the short course, which bypasses the "boot" section (named for its shape) for a total of 2.45 miles. Last time Pontiac raced here, in August, it swept the Daytona Prototype podium and took first in the GT class. The #06 Pontiac Crawford in Norcold/Thetford livery finished 13th on the long course in June and 17th on the short in August.
"We had a few problems at the long course race in June, and on the short course race in August our radio gave out. We lost contact with our crew and it cost us a lap. We were pretty competitive in relation to the other cars in the Howard-Boss stable (August), and they had two top-six finishes so we have confidence in our car and our experience here will help us as well."
The new Pontiac GTO.Rs campaigned by TRG are poised to make another strong appearance in the Rolex Series' GT class this weekend. Both cars finished well at the previous race in Phoenix two weeks ago - the #64 GTO.R of Jan Magnussen and Paul Edwards won and the #65 GTO.R of Andy Lally and Marc Bunting finished fourth - and both cars finished in exactly the same order as their Phoenix results when they raced here on August 12.
"I love Watkins Glen; I grew up in New York so this is kind of my 'home track,'" said Andy Lally. "The last time we were here with the GTO.R it performed very well and I hope we can repeat the same performance. We are going with the same setup we had last time but are running on the long course so I think we'll have a really good baseline. All of the GTO.R drivers are pretty familiar with the track and I think that will work to our advantage."
Pontiac currently leads the DP manufacturers points standings and its drivers Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor (who won at The Glen in August) lead in driver and team points. Look for all of Pontiac's teams this weekend on SPEED TV; the event airs live at 3:00 p.m. EDT on September 24.