Chris Dyson to Make Series Debut in Portland Twinbill INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2004) -- Like a poker player keeping a few chips in every pile as the hands are played out, 2003 American LeMans Series LMP675 champion Chris Dyson has made the wise ...
Chris Dyson to Make Series Debut in Portland Twinbill
INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2004) -- Like a poker player keeping a few chips in every pile as the hands are played out, 2003 American LeMans Series LMP675 champion Chris Dyson has made the wise decision to keep his options open as they pertain to his burgeoning racing career.
The 26-year-old son of road racing team owner and championship driver Rob Dyson is again pursuing an ALMS title in 2004, but will now expand his horizons further by racing with the Toyota Atlantic Championship when his schedule allows beginning with the June 18-20 Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland. The New York-based team recently purchased a pair of Swift .014 chassis and tested them successfully over two days of practice at Sebring International Raceway.
"My career is still developing, and at this point I want to be racing as much as possible," said Dyson. "The ALMS schedule has enough breaks in it that we can add several additional events without needing much more in the way of staffing or equipment. It makes sense to us. And Vicki O'Connor and her team at the Toyota Atlantic Championship have made a number of changes to how the series is run that put an emphasis on driver skill and race-engineering, rather than on the size of a competitor's budget."
The team will carry the familiar Thetford/Norcold sponsorship that Dyson Racing carries on its road-racing machines for its Atlantic effort. Dyson will dive right into the deep end with next week's journey to the Portland International Raceway as the Atlantic series will run a doubleheader with races on Saturday and Sunday June 19-20. And to top it all off, Dyson travels to Portland just one week after competing in possibly the most grueling test of man and machine in all of motorsports, the 24 Hours of LeMans.
"Many of the drivers that I'll be competing with through the course of my career are now in the Toyota Atlantic Championship," Dyson said. "I'm looking forward to further developing my driving skills by racing with them starting this month in Portland. No one wins in this series because they can afford better equipment. The differences come in how well you can drive and how well you can work with your engineer on chassis setup. We expect to be on the steep part of the learning curve at Portland, but the best way to climb that curve is to get out there and race."