BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO September 2, 2006 – Dyson Racing won its third consecutive Mosport Grand Prix pole and its fourth of the season today. Qualifying was rained out, so the grid was set by the quickest practice time. James Weaver beat the track record this morning with the weekend’s fastest time. Chris Dyson and Guy Smith will start fourth in the # 20 Thetford/Norold entry. Dyson won the pole here last year.
Dyson Racing has won the past two Mosport American Le Mans races. Last year’s win with Weaver and Butch Leitzinger was Weaver’s 100th career win. In 2003, Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace took the LMP675 class win. “This is a track that suits us well,” noted Weaver. “Lola has engineered these cars so well aerodynamically. Most of the corners here are 140, 150 mph corners and when they do wind tunnel tests, you do it at 150 mph, so we have a very accurate aero map at that speed, resulting in a large amount of grip on this track.”
Rob Dyson joined the driver line-up this morning on the #16 car, running a half hour of the practice session. Leitzinger left here yesterday to run a race in Salt Lake City. He is due back tonight, but on the off-chance that weather prevents his return, Rob Dyson is ready to help with the driving chores. “I sincerely appreciate that the organizers gave me the opportunity to do this on short notice,” said Rob Dyson. “The car is incredible. It was a great experience driving this track. There are few classic race tracks in the world and this is one of them. In some ways I hope that Butch can’t make it!
“James and our team did a great job today,” said Chris Dyson. “We focus on race set up during the weekend and this morning’s time was that much more notable. I think one of the reasons we tend to do well at the end of a race is because of our concentration on engineering a good race car. Last year’s race was one the season’s highlights and Guy and I look forward to another notable Labor Day weekend north of the border.”
Dyson Racing is the premier sports car team in America with sixteen team and driver championships and sixty-one wins in the past twenty years. Tomorrow’s race will be broadcast live on SPEED at 3:00 PM EDT.
|3.||7||P2||Luhr/Dumas||0.378||Porsche RS Spyder|
|5.||6||P2||Maassen/Bernhard||0.539||Porsche RS Spyder|
|7.||37||P2||C.Field/Halliday/J.Field||1.940||Lola B05 40/AER|
|9.||009||GT1||Sarrazin/Lamy||6.213||Aston Martin DBR9|
|10.||007||GT1||Enge/Knox||6.731||Aston Martin DBR9|