NEWS FLASH: Dyson Dazzles at Sonoma
April 25, 2021
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Chris Dyson left fans stunned on Sunday during the Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli West Coast race at Sonoma Raceway after the New York native drove from the back of the 29-car field twice to claim his first West Coast victory.
As the drivers took the start command, high winds and hard rain started to fall. Race control called for two reconnaissance laps instead of the typical single circuit for drivers to examine the changing track conditions. After the first lap, pole-sitter Dyson pulled into the pits to switch from Pirelli slicks to wets, forfeiting his first-place start.
Dyson took the green in last place and managed to work his way through the field to eighth before the first full course caution emerged about 10 minutes into the race. With the rain fading and his wet tires ailing to cool down, Dyson returned to the pits for another tire switch. Dyson’s decision to pit put him back to 19th on the lead lap.
Another full course yellow mid-way through the race allowed Dyson to play catch up. With his Pirelli slicks getting up to temperature, Dyson average speed was about five seconds faster than the leader’s which allowed him to advance three positions in each lap until he took the overall lead on Lap 25 from West Coast XGT reigning champion Simon Gregg.
Since Dyson is a National driver, his win will be recorded but he will not earn points toward his National championship campaign.