BOWMANVILLE, ONT July 21, 2012 – One tenth of a second separated the two Dyson Racing cars in qualifying today for the American Le Mans Series race at the newly named Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Chris Dyson qualified in second place in the #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace P1 entry, with Eric Lux lining up third in the #20 Dyson entry for tomorrow’s Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport here at Canada’s oldest track.
Dyson won his first Mosport race in 2003, winning in LMP2. “This is the third year in a row we have been on the front row here with Guy Smith and I am pleased for that,” said Chris. “We were a day late in finding what our new car likes here, but we now have a car that is raceable with a better platform. We worked hard overnight and all today but were not able to get the absolute speed out of it that the Muscle Milk car has. We will try some more things in the warm-up to get more performance out of the car.”
This is Eric’s second time at the series’ fastest track and what many consider the most daunting track of the year. “The car has been great pretty much all weekend,” noted Eric. “We made small changes here and there, but have not had to do too much. It has a stable platform and is a predictable car for this fast circuit. Tony (Burgess) has been doing a great job all weekend and I think we are going to have a strong race tomorrow.”
Tony Burgess joins Eric this weekend for his first race with Dyson Racing. Closing in on one hundred sports car races, Burgess is a Toronto native and resident. He has raced at the Mosport track eleven times, including the last 24 hour motorcycle race held here. “Not only is this is my home track but it is my favorite track in North America and probably the world. I think Spa is very good, but Mosport is still unmolested since they first built it in 1961,” commented Burgess. “It has a great flow to it, with fantastic high speed corners. In my view, it is one of the best tracks in the world, and the fact that it is my home track makes it that much better.”
Last year Guy Smith set fastest race lap and the #16 Dyson entry swapped the lead four times with Greg Pickett’s team on their way to a close second place finish. That is one thing that has not changed here over fifty-one years – great competitive racing.
Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport is set for noon ET tomorrow from the 2.5-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. ESPN2’s broadcast featuring live coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET. Full, live coverage is available starting at 11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN3.
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