Dyson Racing Adds to Driver Line-Up for Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda
Dyson Racing will be bolstering its bench for the championship-deciding Petit Le Mans on October 20th, the tenth and last race of the American Le Mans Series season. Reining ALMS champions Chris Dyson and Guy Smith enter the ten-hour, 1,000 mile endurance classic at Road Atlanta thirteen points back in the P1 driver’s championship and the team is nine points out in the P1 team championship.
Returning to join Dyson and Smith in the #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace/Thetford entry will be Steven Kane while Chris McMurry will partner Tony Burgess and Mark Patterson in the #20 Dyson Racing entry. This will be the inaugural Dyson race for McMurry.
McMurry commented, “The combination of one of the world’s leading teams and one of the world’s greatest sports car races was too hard to pass up. I’m very familiar with Petit Le Mans having run it about ten times. And I know Dyson all too well having competed against them for so many races over ten years. I’ll say that I’m glad to be on their side this time around!”
“We’re very happy to have Chris join the team,” Chris Dyson said. “He’s a very proven driver, with a solid pair of hands and we have seen firsthand over the years how steady he and Tony are as a pairing. Adding Mark to the mix, the 20 car has a good chance to score a solid result at the Petit.”
Chris McMurry brings experienced competence to the Petit Le Mans race weekend. He has raced in sixty-four races in the American Le Mans Series since his first Petit in 2001. The ALMS veteran finished fourth in the P1 championship last year with five consecutive P1 podiums to his credit including a second in P1 at the Petit Le Mans. He started racing in 1998 in the Star Mazda Series and recorded his first wins in the ALMS in 2002, taking three wins in nine starts in P2. He added three more P2 wins in 2005, including the class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring and finished second in the championship. He moved to P1 in 2006 with three class podiums his first year. No stranger to endurance racing, he has raced twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans: his first in 2003 and again in 2008.
Mark Paterson made his Dyson Racing debut last month at Virginia International Raceway and returns to the #20 car line-up for the season ending race. Like McMurry, he brings Petit Le Mans expertise to the mix, including a second place P2 finish last year with Stefan Johansson and Zak Brown. Rounding out the driving trio will be Tony Burgess. He first drove with the team at his home track at Mosport, where he finished third in P1, followed by a third place finish at the four-hour Road America race.
Steven Kane will be back again sharing Dyson driving duties. Kane co-drove earlier this year with Dyson and Smith at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, where they won first place ALMS P1 points. “Kaney” is a fan favorite who made a big splash in the series when he co-drove the sister #20 car last year and won the Baltimore Grand Prix in only his fifth race with the team.
“It’s great to come into the last race of the season with a shot at winning the championship,” team principal Rob Dyson said. “It’s not going to be easy, but I’m confident we have two strong cars and the team is executing better than ever. It’s a long race and we have seen over the years, anything can happen at the Petit—one of our favorite events.”