Chris Dyson

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Chris Dyson
Chris dyson lmp1 champion 2011.jpg
Nationality American
Born (1978-02-24) February 24, 1978 (age 40)
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
American Le Mans Series career
Current team Dyson Racing
Former teams RML
Racing For Holland
Starts 95
Wins 7
Poles 2
Previous series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Atlantic Championship
Championship titles
ALMS LMP675 Championship
ALMS LMP1 Championship

Chris Dyson (born February 24, 1978, in Poughkeepsie, New York) is an American racing driver who competed in the American Le Mans Series for Dyson Racing from 2002 to 2013. The son of team owner Rob Dyson, Chris is a two-time ALMS champion, having taken the LMP675 Drivers title in 2003 and earning the LMP1 Championship in 2011. He is the Vice President and Sporting Director of Dyson Racing.

Early racing career[edit]

Dyson began his racing career at the age of 17, competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge championship at Lime Rock Park.

Dyson drove in seven Atlantic Championship races in 2004 and 2005, earning a best finish of 4th at Long Beach in 2005.[1]


Dyson made his professional racing debut in the 2001 Grand American Road Racing Championship season, driving a Riley & Scott Mk III in the final two races of the season. In 2002, he finished second in the Grand-Am SRP1 points, winning five races.[2]

He has since made sporadic starts in the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

American Le Mans Series[edit]

Having made his American Le Mans Series debut at the 2002 12 Hours of Sebring, Dyson went on to drive full-time in the series one year later, teaming with Andy Wallace in their MG-Lola EX257. Dyson took four wins and the drivers championship in the LMP 675 class.[3]

The 2004 season saw the MG-Lola reclassified into the LMP1 category against the Audi R8s; Dyson and Wallace scored 6 podiums in 8 races together. In 2005, he finished 2nd in the LMP1 drivers' championship, scoring 6 runner-up finishes.[3]

Dyson finished 5th in driver points in 2006, with a best finish of 2nd at Mosport. Dyson also finished 4th at Laguna Seca with James Weaver, in Weaver's final race. 2007 saw Dyson team with Guy Smith in a Porsche RS Spyder; the pair finished 4th in points.

He finished 6th in points in 2008 and 5th in 2009. In 2010, he finished 4th in LMP1 points and won one race with Guy Smith.[3]

In 2011, despite winning only one race, Dyson and Guy Smith won the LMP1 drivers' championship.[3] In 2012, Dyson kicked off the season with a class victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, debuting the new Lola B12/60 Mazda with Guy Smith and Steven Kane.

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Dyson's first start came in the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans for Jan Lammers' Racing for Holland team with Lammers and Katsutomo Kaneishi, finishing 7th overall and 6th in the LMP1 class.[4] Dyson returned to La Sarthe in the Le Mans for Ray Mallock, retiring after 19 hours.[5]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2004 Netherlands Racing for Holland Netherlands Jan Lammers
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101-Judd LMP1 341 7th 6th
2009 United Kingdom RML Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Mike Newton
Lola B08/86-Mazda LMP2 273 DNF DNF
2014 Malaysia Caterham Racing United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
United States Matt McMurry
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 329 25th 11th


  1. ^ "Chris Dyson". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Driver Bio". Grand-Am Road Racing. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Chris Dyson". American Le Mans Series. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Le Mans 24 Hours 2004 - Race Results". Racing Sports Cars. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Le Mans 24 Hours 2009 - Race Results". Racing Sports Cars. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jon Field
American Le Mans Series LMP675 champion
Succeeded by
Ian James (LMP2)
Preceded by
David Brabham
Simon Pagenaud
American Le Mans Series LMP1 champion
with Guy Smith
Succeeded by