LAKEVILLE, CT July 6, 2013 – The Twitter summary would say Dyson Racing started second and finished second, but there was more to the story here at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock.
Chris Dyson started the race in the Thetford/RACER Lola Mazda. It was nose-to-tail Lime Rock racing at its best. Chris took the lead at the start from Lucas Luhr in the Muscle Milk entry. And for forty-five minutes, he stayed in front, the margin averaging two tenths of a second as both cars dealt with heavy traffic. “The battle I had with Lucas was one of the best races I have had head to head with anybody in terms of the sheer enjoyment factor in going up against one of the best guys there is. It was clean, it was busy and I hope the fans enjoyed it, because I sure did,” reflected Dyson.
The next two hours brought some racing slings and arrows. At the first pit stop and driver change, there was a delay in hooking up the belts, followed by the car slowing on track as the master switch was recycled, and some green lap stops for topping up with water. Guy did the middle stint, making up two spots in the oppressive heat and humidity which has replaced the constant rain here on the east coast. Chris got back in the car forty minutes from the end, and brought the car up to its second place finish.
Guy Smith noted that “the car had good pace and we were able to work the traffic, but it was tough in the car in this heat and humidity. I think Chris ran into the same challenge with the work rate being quite high. All told, it was good to finish a race after our problematical start to the season.”
Chris added “there is never a dull moment at Lime Rock. We ran up front and we proved that we can be on par with the Muscle Milk guys. At the end of the day, we got it home and I am grateful for that and I am grateful for the guy’s efforts. They have worked very hard between Monterey and here and I think the team should have a better second half.”
The American Le Mans Series enters the meat of their season with seven races in the next seventeen weeks. Two weeks from now, the series will be racing north of the border at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Toronto.
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