BOWMANVILLE, ONT July 21, 2013 – Unlike Lime Rock, it was not the Humidex 400. It was a nice day in the neighborhood for racing today at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry finished second in P1 and sixth overall in the fifth race of the American Le Mans Series, the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, the half-way point of the 2013 ALMS season.
Tony Burgess qualified and started the car. He pitted the #16 Dyson Racing Lola Mazda on lap 43, fifty minutes into the race for fuel, tires and a driver change over to Chris McMurry. Pit stop confusion a lap earlier necessitated the car driving through the pits and taking another lap around the track. This put them down the running order, with McMurry tasked with moving the car up the timing charts. He made up eight spots, and brought the car in on lap 89, an hour and fifty minutes into the race with Tony getting back into the car. Tony set the car’s fastest race lap during his second stint and brought the car home second in P1. It was the second consecutive second place ALMS points finish for the #16 Dyson Racing entry with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith finishing second two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park.
“There was one problem which was a combination of things in the pits but we were good on track,” said Burgess. “I was very conservative. I was not going to do some of the other things the other drivers were doing as I wanted to make sure we finished the race. This was a good finish on my favorite track. I have been coming here for 43 years in total, and this will be a good add to the memories.”
Chris McMurry added, “A lot of credit goes to the team. The car was really good and quite easy to drive. I could have gotten a little bit more out of it, but we wanted to be wise on how we ran the race. Muscle Milk was very quick so congratulations to them on their win. I really enjoyed the drive and Tony did a great job. This is the first time we have been in the #16 car together, so overall, a good weekend for us.”
“Chris and Tony did a terrific job on the race track,” stated Rob Dyson. “They will be back with us for our next race at Road America, which we won last year in the closest ever overall finish in ALMS history. Here’s to history repeating itself.”
The Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America will be held August 9 – 11.