Dyson Racing Shuffles Driver Roster
“We are no longer in this year’s championship hunt, and as our team will likely campaign a P2 car next year, we want to get started on that program sooner rather than later – similar to what the top Formula One teams are presently doing to prepare for their new technical package in 2014. This will take up a good deal of my time and energy. Being able to put Chris McMurry and Tony Burgess in our P1 car for these four races allows us to build on existing relationships and fully honor our 2013 commitments to Mazda and our other partners while at the same time applying the resources required to get an early start on the technical and competition aspects of our 2014 program. Chris and Tony have been working with us to put together a program this year and are keen to work with the team in the future, so this was an opportune and pragmatic decision with the team’s long-term interests in mind.
“The team had a strong race at Lime Rock and I’m confident that we have a solid platform for the drivers. Personally, I look forward to competing along with Guy Smith again in Baltimore and it will be great to have Johnny Mowlem back with the team at the Virginia race.”
McMurry’s inaugural race with Dyson Racing was last year’s Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda. He took home a podium finish after 394 laps and over nine hours of racing, finishing third in ALMS P1 points at the season-ending event.
“As a competitor, I have admired Rob and Chris Dyson and their team for many years. At Petit Le Mans in 2012, I drove for them for the first time and the experience was eye-opening and phenomenal,” said McMurry, who has 65 ALMS starts and 27 podiums since 2001. “Combine that with what may be the last stateside running of the P1 class for a while and how could I say no?”
American Le Mans Series veteran Tony Burgess raced with Dyson Racing at three events last year, placing third in P1 at his home race, the Grand Prix of Mosport, followed by a third in P1 at the Road Race Showcase at Road America and finished the season with third place ALMS P1 points at the nine and a half hour Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda.
“I am very pleased and excited to be back with Dyson Racing during their thirtieth year in motorsports,” said Burgess. “The Dyson organization has all the attributes that I consider important to successful sports car racing. I feel privileged to be among the best in this very special form of motor racing.”