Goodyear, Goodyear teams win ALMS Championships BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct.18, 2003) -- Goodyear-equipped teams capped a phenomenal season in the American Le Mans Series with a successful race in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Goodyear won its ...
Goodyear, Goodyear teams win ALMS Championships
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct.18, 2003) -- Goodyear-equipped teams capped a phenomenal season in the American Le Mans Series with a successful race in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Goodyear won its second straight Tire Manufacturers championship in the GTS class, Chris Dyson became the third straight driver to win the LMP 675 driving title on Goodyear tires and Jon Field, also racing on Goodyears, won the LMP 675 race victory.
Corvette Racing clinched the Automobile Manufacturer's championship for Chevrolet when the Corvette piloted by Oliver Gavin, Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim finished seventh overall and third in the GTS class.
Earlier in the season, Goodyear locked away the LMP 675 Tire Manufacturers championship and Corvette Racing teammates Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell clinched the GTS driving title with their Goodyear-shod Corvettes.
"The Goodyear guys have forgotten more about making race tires than the other guys know," said Dyson Racing team owner Rob Dyson.
In the last three seasons, Goodyear and teams racing on Goodyear tires have won 19 tire, driving, team, chassis and manufacturer championships in ALMS competition.
Chris Dyson, with the help of co-drivers Chad Block and Didier de Radigues, secured the LMP 675 driving title by finishing 21st overall and second in class. The strong finish included overcoming a mechanical problem that sidelined the car for an extended period.
"I felt like a Yankee fan in the fifth inning of the game the other night," Rob Dyson said. "We were down and we were looking at climbing out of a very deep hole. Fortunately, we were able to get the car back together again. We had a little luck, that's part of this thing. We had some bad luck getting into the mess, but we had a little luck getting out of it too. We were able to put it together."
Field, the defending class champion, finished first in LMP 675 in the race and was 12th overall. His co-drivers were Duncan Dayton and Larry Connor. Field and Dayton had a mathematical chance to overcome Dyson for the driving championship, but Dyson fared well enough in the race to claim the crown.
Field said his Goodyear tires gave his team tremendous dependability.
"I couldn't believe it," Field said. "We ran four and a half hours on one set. We pulled them off and looked at them and we were able to put them back on the car. We did five stints on one set of tires and they were as good when we took them off as when we put them on."
The 2003 season marked the second straight year Goodyear has won the tire championship in GTS.
Gavin said his team's first job was to collect the auto manufacturer's championship. "Obviously that was the most important thing about today, securing that," he said. "I believe Goodyear has won the tire manufacturer's championship as well. Really (the automobile manufacturer's championship) was the goal from the very beginning of the weekend."