Home Again in Connecticut July 2, 2005 - This is the part of the country where time is measured in centuries. Town signs regularly note they were founded before the independence date we are celebrating...
Home Again in Connecticut
July 2, 2005 - This is the part of the country where time is measured in centuries. Town signs regularly note they were founded before the independence date we are celebrating this weekend. But racing is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Butch Leitzinger qualified the #16 Thetford/Norcold Dyson Racing Lola second today for Monday's American Le Mans race, two tenths of a second behind the pole-winning Audi. Starting third behind Leitzinger will be Andy Wallace in the #20 entry
"The car is really good," remarked Leitzinger. "If we had turned our fast lap at the beginning of the session when the tires where at the peak, we would have been right there on pole. We are happy with the car. We will just do a couple of wafer thin adjustments to the set up, and we will be ready to race hard on Monday."
Commenting on his qualifying effort, Andy Wallace explained, "The second flying lap was my best time and unfortunately I got a little bit on the grass coming out of the chicane on my third flying lap and I lost a couple of tenths."
Chris Dyson, co-driving with Wallace noted, "I am happy with the car: it very well-balanced. The cars are competitive and we are in much better position for the race than we were last year."
Due to local restrictions, the Lime Rock track does not run races on Sunday. Monday's race will be shown live on SPEED 3:00 - 6:00 PM ET.
And Dyson Racing congratulates Champion Racing on their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first American team to do so since 1967. In preparation for this race, the Champion team prepared their cars at the Dyson Racing shop in nearby Poughkeepsie, NY.
This is Dyson Racing's home track: their shop is an hour away and the track has been the site of solid success and many wins over the years including six out of the last seven poles and a one, two in 2001. Some thoughts on what Lime Rock means to the Dyson Racing Team drivers:
Rob Dyson: "We have run a lot of races here. I started running here in club racing in 1975 and we have been running here in all the pro races since 1982. We have a lot of history on this track. We have always been competitive and been able to win a bunch of races here, but the biggest thing is seeing a lot of our friends and neighbors here over the race weekend."
Chris Dyson: "I grew up racing at Lime Rock. It is a Dyson Racing favorite, not just because it is the home track but because it has a fantastic layout and you have to be on your game to win at Lime Rock. I have raced here at least a dozen times. I learned to race here: I raced my first ever club race here and won my first-ever national race. There are a lot of fond memories surrounding Lime Rock: it is in a beautiful setting and it is home for me."
Butch Leitzinger: "Of all of the circuits that I've driven, Lime Rock is my favorite I. probably have run twenty different kinds of cars here. I love everything about it. I love the track. I love the bumps. I love the park-like setting. I love that we have Sunday off, so that we can spend a civilized day exploring the local shops and restaurants. I love that it's only five hours from my house (four and a half if I'm really on it).
I've been coming to Lime Rock since I was three. All of my Fourth of July holidays were spent on the hill outside Turn 1, watching the fireworks. I've raced all sorts of cars at Lime Rock, from Showroom Stock Nissans to a NASCAR Busch North Thunderbird to the Dyson Racing Lola."
James Weaver: "I love Lime Rock. It is great little track. It is kind of my home track as well by proxy since I have been racing here so long with the Dysons. The neat thing about Lime Rock is you have such a knowledgeable crowd here: probably the best of any track in North America. They come here with their kids, have a picnic, and make a proper event out of it. There is a nice family atmosphere, more like racing use to be, and that is why Lime Rock has such a special atmosphere."
Andy Wallace: "I guess I am the odd one out. I have not been here as many times as some of the other drivers. All my times here have been with Dyson Racing I cannot remember exactly the first year I raced here. I don't think I have won a race here, so come to think of it, it is about time that I have a win!"