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 team.”
- 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.



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