JAY COCHRAN

Jay started off the 2011 season with a first place in the American Le Mans Series LMP1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March. Jay co-drove with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in the #16 G-OIL ModSpace/Construct Corps Mazda Lola in the long distance endurance races for 2011. He co-drove the winning car with Chris and Guy at the six-hour ModSpace Monterey at Mazda Raceway, helping the team wrap up the drivers, team, engine and tire championships for the year. At the season-ending 10 hour/1,000 mile Petit Le Mans, the trio finished second among the ALMS entries and brought home the 2011 Michelin Green X trophy.

Jay originally tested for Rob Dyson twenty-one years ago in his Porsche 962 at the Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah Georgia. That test came full circle in 2011. “I ran into Rob, literally, before that test. It was the first weekend I drove for Spice Engineering with Tommy Kendall at Lime Rock. We finished third that weekend, so it was a good race, but it was an aggressive race chasing the Jaguars. I rubbed on Rob a little bit during the race and he came over afterwards to ‘talk’ to me about it. Ever since then, we have always had a good relationship.”

From Le Mans to Topeka and Ferrari to Kudzu, Jay has proven himself in sports car racing with an ability-based longevity. He was a winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona; gave the Ferrari factory its first sports car victory in over twenty years while driving the Ferrari 333 SP in its World Sports Car racing debut, and drove the factory Jaguar XJ-220c into the class lead at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the team stayed for sixteen hours. Also in the Jaguar XJ-220c, he was the winner, pole sitter, and set the fastest lap for the Jaguar factory team at Road America. The accomplishments have been constant throughout his career and in 2007, he placed second in the IMSA Lites Championship with three wins, two poles, and nine podium finishes.

“I have always had a passion for racing. My dad was an amateur racer back before I was born. I lived near Bridgehampton, and my cousin raced, so I have always been around the sport. I raced motocross, sailboats and than had the opportunity to go sports car racing. I started in Sports Renaults and worked my way up. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a real love for cars and the technology. I really enjoy the people and the whole team aspect to it, especially in endurance racing.

“To me, driving for Rob and Chris is like driving for a Walkinshaw or a Ferrari. With its great record of wins and championships, Dyson Racing is one of the very best teams in American motorsports. They have always put together a very professional group of people – just look at the drivers that have driven for him and Chris: they are people I have looked up to and admired. It has always been a real strong team with good leadership and a really strong driver line-up. To be part of it is something any driver would be proud of.”

In a sport known for its shooting stars, Jay has a confirmed reputation as a driver with race-winning talent, solid business acumen, a true team player and committed to the sport. In short, a natural fit for Dyson Racing.