BRASELTON, Ga. (October 19, 2003) - Team owner Rob Dyson and driver Jan Magnussen were the surprised recipients Sunday night of two American Le Mans Series special awards voted on by fans. The awards were presented at the series' season-ending ...
BRASELTON, Ga. (October 19, 2003) - Team owner Rob Dyson and driver Jan Magnussen were the surprised recipients Sunday night of two American Le Mans Series special awards voted on by fans. The awards were presented at the series' season-ending banquet.
Dyson, owner of a two-car race team, received the coveted "From the Fans" award, presented annually to a person or group for outstanding contributions to sports car racing in the past year.
Magnussen, driver for the Prodrive Ferrari team, received the series' first-ever "Most Popular Driver" award. Both awards were voted on by fans through the official website of the series at www.americanlemans.com.
Dyson's two Lola EX257-MG Prototypes rose from the LMP 675 class to challenge for and ultimately beat the larger and more powerful LMP 900 cars for an overall race win in American Le Mans Series competition. James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger drove one of the cars to victory at Sonoma, Calif., in July and challenged on many other occasions.
In addition, Chris Dyson won the LMP 675 driving championship for 2003 in one of the Dyson Racing entries.
Denmark's Magnussen, who has raced in the ALMS since the series was created in 1999, joined the Prodrive team in July and was a major part of the heated battle in the GTS class of the American Le Mans Series between Ferrari and Corvette. The racing action captured the attention of sports car racing fans around the world, and Magnussen's hard-charging driving style and easy demeanor off the track continued to win fans for him as has been the case his entire career.