'ONWARD AND UPWARD' FOR DYSON AFTER LIME ROCK WIN Dyson Racing has had its share of landmark victories in the American Le Mans Series but last weekend's LMP2 triumph at Lime Rock Park may trump them all. In the first year of a new...
'ONWARD AND UPWARD' FOR DYSON AFTER LIME ROCK WIN
Dyson Racing has had its share of landmark victories in the American Le Mans Series but last weekend's LMP2 triumph at Lime Rock Park may trump them all. In the first year of a new partnership with Mazda as well as a reuniting with UK chassis manufacturer Lola, Dyson came home a winner on its home track.
Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti teamed in the class-winning Mazda- powered Lola B09/86 coupe. They will try to make it two in a row at the upcoming Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
"Everyone on the team worked so hard heading into the race. It was the most intense week of the season," said team driver and principal Chris Dyson. "It was great to finally win at our home track and fulfill our potential. We're upbeat about the season and we think we're back to where we belong.
"The first win is always the hardest," he added. "After that, it's onward and upward. We're aligned with the right partners at the right time to reach our goal."
It took Franchitti six minutes into the race to get around the Lowe's Fernandez racing Acura ARX-01b of Luis Diaz, which had won four straight races to start the season. The Dyson Lola-Mazdas had led on pace at Long Beach and Salt Lake City with confidence growing among the team as the weeks and laps went by.
"It's been a lot of hard work from everyone involved in the whole program," said Franchitti, who claimed his long-awaited first Series victory. "I felt really good about this car when I first drove it and it felt like a race- winner. I think people have been seeing it since Sebring."
The Acura Sports Car Challenge from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8 and will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 9 on NBC. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. Radio coverage also will air live on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 242. You also can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes).
The race also will mark the sixth round of the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and midohio.com.