PHOENIX, ARIZONA, APR. 20 — Thetford / Norcold Dyson Racing`s James Weaver and Chris Dyson took their R&S mk3 to a commanding victory in the Sun Automotive 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Defending Rolex Series Champion and qualifying maestro James Weaver started from his first pole position of 2002. The Englishman led the race`s first 24 laps and set the race`s fastest lap before pitting under a full-course yellow to hand off to his rookie teammate.
The 24 year-old briefly lost the lead on the race`s restart but soon repassed Buddy Rice and opened up a one lap margin over the rest of the field. He handed the car back to Weaver after an hour-long stint, and Weaver cruised home.
After the race, both drivers were pleased with the result. “I am delighted,” Weaver said. “I hate losing, and it is great to get our first win since last year`s Daytona. The car and crew were in top form all weekend.”
“This is my first win in a big car, and it feels great,” Dyson said. “We lost a tough one at California a few weeks ago and this helps to put that one in the past. I would really like to thank the guys for all their hard work and support. I want to do this again.”
The Anglo-American pairing has co-driven in three events this year, finishing fifth at Homestead and second in California. Dyson and Weaver are currently running second and third in Grand-Am Driver points, respectively. The Dyson team trails only the Doran team in series Team standings.
The team`s next Rolex race will be at the Watkins Glen Six Hours, on June 21-23.