BRASELTON, Ga. (December 5, 2002) -- The Dyson Racing Team, one of America's most successful sports car racing teams over the past 15 years, has announced a two-car, four-driver lineup for the 2003 American Le Mans Series season. Rob...
BRASELTON, Ga. (December 5, 2002) -- The Dyson Racing Team, one of America's most successful sports car racing teams over the past 15 years, has announced a two-car, four-driver lineup for the 2003 American Le Mans Series season.
The team will field a pair of Lola EX257-MG machines in the LMP 675 class for Prototypes in the sports car racing series.
James Weaver of England and Butch Leitzinger of State College, Penn., will be paired in one of the Dyson cars, while Andy Wallace of England and Chris Dyson of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., will steer the other.
Weaver, 47, has been a driver for the Dyson team since 1987. "James is uniquely talented," said team owner Rob Dyson. "He's probably one of the best racers there is and we're lucky to have him with us. I think we've got a great group of drivers lined up for next year."
"The MG is a gorgeous little car, and everyone is working really hard to develop it," said Weaver. "I can't wait to get stuck into it over the winter (in testing). I think it will be a strong package heading into next year.
"It's terrific to be back with Dyson Racing," he said. "Driving one of Rob's cars is always a privilege and we've had a fantastic relationship over the years."
Leitzinger, 33, has raced with the Dyson team since 1995 and has scored 25 victories and two driving championships. He drove for the team in selected races in 2002 while running a full schedule on the Trans-Am Series and driving for the Bentley team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but will concentrate on the Dyson effort in the American Le Mans Series in 2003.
"It's great to be back fulltime with the Dyson Team," said Leitzinger. "We're all very excited about next season and the MG is really coming along quite nicely."
Wallace, 41, has raced occasionally with the Dyson team since 1995, but the 2003 season will be his first with the team as a fulltime member. He has a remarkable record in endurance racing, having won such long-distance events as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring and the inaugural Audi presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
"We've had some fantastic results over the years, but I've never actually done a full season with them (Dyson)," said Wallace. "I drove with Chris (Dyson) in two events in 2002, and I'm really looking forward to continuing our relationship."
Chris Dyson, a rising young star in sports car racing, made his debut in ALMS competition in the 2002 season. He co-drove with Weaver to a fourth-place finish at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway, his best series finish so far.
"Andy's one of the best in this sport, and it's a privilege to work with him," said Chris Dyson. "We had a great time driving together this past season and he's a fantastic teammate. With the car coming along, I think there's a lot to look forward to this coming season."
The 2003 American Le Mans Series season will begin with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway Mar. 13-15. For that race, Wallace will team with Weaver and Leitzinger. The team has already conducted one test at Sebring and plans more testing during the winter months.