POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK, JUNE 27 — The Dyson Racing team announced today that the team has agreed terms with Lola Cars International of Huntingdon, England, to purchase a customer version of the MG-Lola EX-257 Le Mans prototype, which were the only real opposition to the winning Audis at the recent Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Dyson Racing expects to take delivery of the car sometime in early August. The team plans to embark on a full testing program and is intending to participate in a selected few of the remaining rounds of this year`s American Le Mans Series championship, with a view towards a full season in 2003.
The Dyson team is no stranger to the American Le Mans championship, having won the series` inaugural Drivers Championship in 1999. In the last five years, Dyson Racing has won a total of seven drivers championships. Since 1995, the team has amassed 35 overall prototype victories, including two triumphs at the grueling 24 Hours of Daytona.
“We are excited about the new car, and we think it gives us a great chance to run up front again in the American Le Mans Series,” said team principal Rob Dyson. “We are happy to be working with Lola, MG and Advanced Engine Research. We look forward to running a competitive car and getting back to the sharp end of the field.”