CHRIS DYSON STARTS 2019 ROAD RACING SEASON AT SEBRING TRANS AM SERIES KICKOFF
February 28, 2019
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (February 28, 2019) – The road racing part of Chris Dyson’s 2019 North American racing schedule kicks off this weekend with the running of the 2019 Trans Am season-opening event at Sebring International Raceway. A strong two-day test with his CD Racing #20 Plaid Mustang at Miami-Homestead Speedway in January gives Dyson optimism for a strong season in North America’s oldest sedan racing series.
Dyson, who last year finished second at Sebring on his way to third in the season championship and Rookie-of-the-Year honors, is looking to leverage his full season of experience in the series to the winner’s circle at Sebring and a more consistent championship run. Dyson won the second round of the 2018 season at Road Atlanta and then scored another four top-five finishes, but mechanical and on-track issues spoiled several other prospective race wins and podium finishes.
“It was great to win last year at Road Atlanta, the home track for our friends at Plaid,” Dyson said. “But the rest of the season was uneven for us. Still, we learned a lot even from our bad races. And with the excellent test we had a few weeks ago at Homestead it’s clear we’ve made strong progress over the winter in terms both of performance and reliability. The car, the team and I are all more than ready for the Trans Am season to start.”
Dyson also said that with the strong January test and a full season’s experience in the series, the team was now in a position to field a second car at series races, beginning later in the season. “We’ve ordered a second chassis,” he said. “But we won’t be adding a second car until we’ve got a couple of races completed and our title campaign off to a strong start.”
Expanded CD Racing Oval Track Program in 2019
Less than a month after finishing his 2018 road racing season on the podium in an Aston Martin at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, Dyson’s U.S. short track season began in January with his fifth appearance at the midget-racing Chili Bowl in Tulsa. But while Dyson plans to do USAC East Coast Sprint Car races and the team will enter a car at select USAC National Sprint Car events throughout the season, CD Racing’s main thrust for 2019 will be an expansion of the team’s efforts in the USAC Silver Crown series. In the past, Dyson has driven only in the dirt track portion of the dual dirt and pavement series, but this year he will also compete in the paved track events.
“We bought a new Beast chassis from Bob East last year that is being completed at our shop now,” Dyson said. “We have a Kistler engine, like the one we’ve run in our dirt Champ car. Sean Michael, my crew chief who prepares all of CD Racing’s oval track cars, did a superb job last season and he’s fully prepared for this expanded program. I will do every Silver Crown race that doesn’t conflict with my Trans Am schedule, and when there are conflicts we will put another driver in the car so we can still score championship points.”
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