Sebring Testing – Corvette & Dyson
Barry Foster called in to Sebring yesterday, to keep an
eye on Corvette Racing and Dyson Racing testing: yesterday was the
first day of three.
Drivers from both teams
were otherwise engaged yesterday (Wallace, Papis, Leitzinger), but
all should be present today… and each of these three has a
tale of frustration to tell of his Rolex 24.
Doug Fehan was clearly
very pleased with the first day of the test with the revised Corvettes.
The C5-Rs have a new wing, new front undertray and are running the
X-trac transmission, which they finished the year with in '03, but
it will be the first time for it at Sebring.
livery has changed for this year – but not dramatically so.
"We have all the
'big chunks' done so now it is just fine tuning," commented
Fehan. “Plus we have some new drivers! Ron Fellows isn’t
100% yet (after his surgery on a shoulder injury), but he is good
now and will be better at the race."
be eight weeks (since the surgery) on Monday," said Ron. In
the interim he has been doing some indoor karting at a facility
near his home, which is good therapy to build strength back into
his shoulder. He was very complimentary about the Michelin tires,
which he described as having “more consistency”, and
behaving “quite a bit different in the corners”.
Rob Dyson suggested that
his team is making a big push for the 12 Hours, so perhaps 2004
will be his turn to win this one… Sunday was spent on “systems”
and “aero” work, and testing “new electronics”,
but he declined to be specific.
Dyson was highly complimentary about the Goodyears for 2004, with
“new compounds and constructions” available for this
The whole team
was in good spirits, and interested to hear of details from Daytona.
These two characters certainly don't need identifying...