February 24, 1978 |
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
|American Le Mans Series career|
|Current team||Dyson Racing|
Racing For Holland
|Rolex Sports Car Series
|ALMS LMP675 Championship
ALMS LMP1 Championship
Chris Dyson (born February 24, 1978, in Poughkeepsie, New York) is an American racing driver who competes in the American Le Mans Series for Dyson Racing. 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
Dyson began his racing career at the age of 17, competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge championship at Lime Rock Park.
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.
American Le Mans Series
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.
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.
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.
In 2011, despite winning only one race, Dyson and Guy Smith won the LMP1 drivers' championship. 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
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. Dyson returned to La Sarthe in the Le Mans for Ray Mallock, retiring after 19 hours.
24 Hours of Le Mans results
|2004||Racing for Holland|| Jan Lammers
|2009||RML|| Thomas Erdos
|2014||Caterham Racing|| Tom Kimber-Smith
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- "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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