POUGHKEEPSIE, NY January 10, 2005 – Dyson Racing will unveil their new car and engine package at the official American Le Mans Series Winter Test at Sebring, FL on January 23 – 25. The team will continue to run a Lola-AER package in 2006, but with two new Lola B06/10 chassis powered by Advance Engine Research’s new 3.6 liter twin-turbo V8 engines. Dyson Racing’s partnership with Lola and AER was first established in 2002 when the team began running the AER four cylinder turbocharged Lola B01/60.
Having claimed the ALMS LMP675 championship in 2003, the Lola-AER was still a proven winner through 2005, with two wins: a one-two at Mid-Ohio, the team’s first ALMS one-two, and at Mosport in September, which gave James Weaver his 100th career win. For 2006, James Weaver will be driving with Butch Leitzinger in the #16 Thetford/Norcold machine. This is Weaver’s twentieth year with Dyson Racing, ten of which have been in successful collaboration with Leitzinger.
While he will be concentrating the bulk of his energies on Howard-Boss Motorsports Rolex Series championship effort in 2006, Andy Wallace will continue his eleven-year association with the Dyson team by driving with Leitzinger and Weaver at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans, as well as assisting the team in testing and development.
Chris Dyson, runner-up in the 2005 ALMS championship, will be paired with Guy Smith in this year`s effort in the #20 Thetford/Norcold entry. Smith drove with Dyson last year at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans.
“Your off-track relationship with your team and co-driver is as important as what you do at the track,” remarked Smith. “Dyson Racing is the perfect blend. Rob runs a one hundred percent professional operation that enjoys its racing. I worked well with Chris last year, and along with Butch, Andy and James, it’s a great team with great people. A driver can’t ask for more.”
“Everyone on the team is very excited about 2006,” Rob Dyson said. “This is a big year for us and we are keen to get started on the new program. Sebring is the first step in a massive effort to bring a championship back to Dyson Racing.”
The ten-race ALMS season kicks off with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18 with television coverage on the SPEED Channel and radio coverage on www.americanlemans.com.