Rob And Chris Dyson Make The Return To Rolex 24 Competition DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2005) - The Dysons are back. After not competing in the previous two Rolex 24's with his Dyson Racing team, the father-son tandem of Rob and Chris Dyson...
Rob And Chris Dyson Make The Return To Rolex 24 Competition
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2005) - The Dysons are back.
After not competing in the previous two Rolex 24's with his Dyson Racing team, the father-son tandem of Rob and Chris Dyson will team together with Harrison Brix and James Gue on the Essex Racing Ford Crawford Daytona Prototype in this year's Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 5-6.
Rob Dyson, who has won the overall Rolex 24 title as a driver in 1997 and twice as an owner in 1997 and 1999, is thrilled to be in the newly renovated garages at "The World Center of Racing" competing in the Rolex 24 again.
"Daytona 24 hours is a racing icon," said Dyson, who has 15 starts in the demanding race. "It's one of the major races in the motor racing calendar. I felt real bad last year when I came here and was walking around seeing my friends and a lot of fellow competitors. I don't want this race to go without me in it."
While Rob Dyson has been able to earn a Rolex watch, his 26-year-old son has yet to achieve that honor.
"For North America, this has been one of the premier endurance races for years," said Chris Dyson, who made his lone Rolex 24 start in 2002. "Winning here, I think (my father) counts as one of his highest experiences in his life. For me personally, I've had some success here but not yet in the 24 hours. Certainly, I've always had a good result here and it's a buzz to perform well here because it's an important track on the schedule."
Being able to race with his son Chris on the same team in the Rolex 24 was another major incentive to put together a deal to compete in the twice-around-the-clock challenge.
"It'll be fun to be a teammate with him," Dyson said. "We haven't done very many races together. We've raced but we haven't raced together. I think we've raced against one another more than we've raced with one another. It's an extra special ingredient. In fact, that's the reason why we're doing it because it gives us an opportunity to be together and have fun and just enjoy the competition and the people we're competing against."
While Chris Dyson says racing with his father is special, he's also excited to be competing against the competitive Rolex 24 field that features top drivers from the NASCAR, open-wheel and sports car ranks.
"It's an impressive grid," Chris Dyson said. "You look up and down the pit lane, you're seeing Indy 500 winners, a lot of NASCAR drivers and top sports car guys. That's impressive. I think to get this group of talent together is a commendable job. I think you're pretty hard pressed to find a talent pool of this kind anywhere these days."
Rob Dyson knows with the star-studded lineup of drivers and a strong fleet of more than 30 Daytona Prototypes, winning the overall title for the Rolex 24 will be only tougher.
"It's a very tough race," Rob Dyson said. "It's the traffic. It's the pressure that you have to constantly keep going. The fatigue plays a part as does the condition of the car. That's why I've been telling the young guys that are with me the biggest thing that you've got to do is preserve the car for the next guy. That means being good on the engine, good on the brakes, the gearbox and all of that.
"Hopefully, if everybody behaves themselves, we can get a good result. If everything falls our way and we really stay out of trouble and we can keep the pace, who knows we might pull one across but that's a tall order."
Tickets for the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.