Daytona III: Dyson Racing posts 1 - 2 finish

Dyson Racing posts 1-2 finish in Dark Dog Grand American finale. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 10, 2002) -- Dyson Racing closed out the era of SportsRacing Prototype open-wheel cockpit cars at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday with a sweep...

Dyson Racing posts 1-2 finish in Dark Dog Grand American finale.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 10, 2002) -- Dyson Racing closed out the era of SportsRacing Prototype open-wheel cockpit cars at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday with a sweep of the top two overall positions in the Dark Dog Grand American Finale.

James Weaver and rookie Chris Dyson captured the overall win in the three-hour Rolex Sports Car Series finale behind the wheel of the No. 16 Dyson Racing Ford-powered Riley & Scott.

The No. 16 car, which passed its No. 20 team car coming toward the white flag, was also able to secure the team championship in the SportsRacing Prototype class.

Butch Leitzinger and Rob Dyson settled for runner-up honors in the No. 20 Dyson Racing Ford-powered Riley & Scott with the No. 74 Robinson Racing Judd Riley & Scott and drivers Jack Baldwin and George Robinson rounding out the podium.

Beginning with next year's Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 1-2, the open-cockpit cars in SportsRacing Prototype will be replaced by the sleek and stylish Daytona Prototype as the new premier series.

"We're saying good-by to an old friend," said Chris Dyson, who has been part of five Rolex Sports Car Series victories this season including two at Daytona. "It's been a good friend to us over the years."

Said Rob Dyson: "This was Chris' first season of racing these cars. I think it was a very rewarding one for him. Clearly championships are hard to win. A team championship is very grafitfying.

"It's an emotional sport. I'm elated to be part of a 1-2 finish at Daytona where my son came first in the final race of the season. He won two races here out of the three that were held. He did a great job in all three of them."

The pole-winning No. 27 Doran Lista Judd-powered Dallara and drivers Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard entered the season finale as the points leader in both the driver and championship standings in SportsRacing Prototype.

But they're only able to leave the "World Center of Racing" with Theys' driver championship as the team encountered problems in the race. On Lap 44, Lienhard spun out in the entrance to the chicane and on Lap 65, Theys spun out going into Turn 1.

The team had to spend several minutes in the pits to make repairs and install a new left front caliper. The No. 27 car ended up finishing fourth overall.

"The Dyson guys have put it to us," said team owner Kevin Doran.

Other class winners in the Dark Dog Grand American Finale include the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola and drivers Terry Borcheller and Anthony Lazzaro (SportsRacing Prototype II), the No. 81 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3 and drivers Darren Law and Brent Martini (GT class) and the No. 46 Morgan Dollar Motorsports Corvette and drivers Charles Morgan and Rob Morgan (American GT class).

The next time the sports cars will travel around the 3.56-mile road course in competition will be the 41st Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 1-2. Tickets are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Fredy Lienhard , Rob Dyson , Jack Baldwin , Terry Borcheller , Darren Law , George Robinson , Charles Morgan , Brent Martini , Kevin Doran , Chris Dyson
Teams Dyson Racing