Dyson Testing At Sebring
The team’s two day, two car, test began on Sunday, with James
Weaver and Chris Dyson driving: Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger
arrived on Monday, straight from Daytona after strong runs in their
Weaver and Dyson spent
the first day of the test evaluating AER engine development and
Goodyear tires. Despite the track being slower than in recent tests,
Weaver was still close to his qualifying time set for the 2003 12
Hours of Sebring.
"We were pretty
happy with the amount of work we were able to get done here,"
commented 675 Champion Chris Dyson. "James tried some new tires
which have given us a good direction for the race, and AER has made
some pretty impressive gains with their electronics and engine performance.
We proved last year that the cars are quick enough and can win races,
and this winter we have been eliminating all of the reliability
issues that occasionally nagged us. I'm very enthusiastic about
this coming season."
A fifth driver
also got some seat time: Rob Dyson returned to the cockpit for the
first time since shoulder surgery last summer. In limited running,
he was delighted with the progress of the car's development. A return
for the Sebring event may happen, but some racing later in the season
looks more likely.
The Dyson team's complete
driver line-up for the 12 Hours of Sebring has yet to be finalized,
although Wallace will join Weaver and Leitzinger in the #16 machine,
and Chris Dyson will spearhead the #20 car's driving strength.