Long Day’s Journey Into Evening
MONTEREY, CA May 12, 2012 – Dyson Racing took home second place P1 points in the six-hour American Le Mans Monterey race here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in their ModSpace/G-OIL Lola Mazda coupe. “I am happy for Mazda and AER to get another solid six hour finish with no reliability problems. We will take the points and go to Lime Rock only four points down in the championship,” said Chris Dyson.
The team lost time at the five-hour mark when they had to take the car back to the garage to repair the debris damaged front diffuser, which was cutting off cooling air to the radiator. With that putting them down the running order, they used the last part of the race testing various tire combinations.
Johnny Mowlem joined the team for the six hour enduro that has moved back to its traditional spring time running. “The first part of my stint I used to get my hands around the car and during the second part I was starting to feel comfortable with the car. I could run 1:17’s and 1:18’s and was happy with that pace. It was comfortable for the track conditions at the time and the only car faster than us was the Muscle Milk car. I am disappointed for the Dyson Racing team since we should have been second overall. At least we got second place P1 points which is good for the championship but more work needs to be done before the next race.”
Eight-year Dyson Racing veteran Guy Smith echoed the sentiment. “We have been out of sorts with the car during this weekend and are still looking for more speed. I was in rallye mode during my time in the car for the last two hours of the race. Muscle Milk drove a flawless race and our hats are off to Greg Pickett and his team.”
“We struggled for pace today and pretty much all through the weekend and I think today was definitely a character building day for the whole organization,” commented Dyson. “We have our work cut out for us in the next eight weeks to be in a better competitive position for Lime Rock and to turn it around and to get back on top. We are going to spend that time doing some pretty extensive testing and looking at some items on the car that have been problematic since we got first got the car. Ultimately we will take both the negatives and the positives from this weekend and learn from them knowing what we have to work on for performance.”