Dyson – Strong Sebring Test Last Week
Chris Dyson was rightly reluctant to say too much even after a couple
of days of the team’s three day test (Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday)
last week at Sebring – but these reflective statements this
week are extremely positive regarding the test, and 2005.
- It was two
cars, three days, four drivers, and a focus on the (new to the team)
Michelin tyres, and engine durability
- Rob Dyson: “The grip of the Michelin tires
is just phenomenal. Our partnership with Michelin may prove to be
the key to winning the American Le Mans Series championship in 2005.”
- Chris Dyson: “Given the ALMS rules that
forbid changing tires while the car is being refueled, being able
to run two stints on the same set of tires is (going to be) a huge
advantage. With the ALMS field getting more competitive, that’s
an advantage we’re looking forward to sharing with the Champion
- Andy Wallace: “The traction is unbelievable.
Just put your foot on the throttle and the car launches off the
corner. The Lola is an excellent car, as we well know. And from
this test we now know for sure that it likes the Michelin tires.
I think we’ve got a really strong combination for 2005.”
- The #20 car of Chris Dyson and Wallace ran the entire three-day
test on the same engine it used at Petit Le Mans in September.
- Chris Dyson: “That particular engine now
has over 1,800 miles on it without a hint of a problem. It just
ran like a train. From a reliability standpoint, this is very encouraging.”
- Rob Dyson: “We did win the LMP675 category
at Sebring in 2003, but we’ve never won at Sebring outright.
For me personally, that’s a goal I really want to achieve.
I think the team will have its best shot ever next spring.”
May he and his
team keep on trying until they do it – then keep on trying
to add some more victories. Champion Racing will be the next outfit
to hit Sebring. Here Weaver leads the Champion cars, Jan Lammers
and Jon Field at Road Atlanta in September.