Team History: IMSA GTO
From the start
Rob Dyson: "In 1982 I said to Smitty, I think we ought to move up." I thought we were capable at that time. We had a couple more guys hanging out with us, and I thought the Firebird would work. Another guy built it and the car really did not do anything very well, but it taught us a lot. The car was a one-off with everything built by us or by the guy who built it. The car was just so unique, so we were constantly updating and redoing stuff, usually by ourselves. But finishing third at Elkhart Lake was a highlight. We were running a car that was clearly outclassed and we just outlasted everybody. The long and short of it was that the Firebird was such a diabolical car, that when I got into the Porsche 962, we were able to run quickly right away."