Dyson Sweeps Laguna Seca Trans Am; Lengthens Championship Lead
April 24, 2022
Chris Dyson extended his series championship lead at this weekend’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca round of the 2022 Trans Am by Pirelli, sweeping the available points for pole position, fastest race lap, most laps led and the race win. It was a particularly satisfying victory for 2021 Trans Am titlist Dyson after having dominated last season’s Laguna Seca race until being crashed out by a competitor on a late race restart, Dyson’s worst result in his championship run. It was also Dyson's first overall triumph in his career at the famed California venue.
“It feels great to finally win one here,” Dyson said exultantly after climbing from his #20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang following the race. “This place has sure served up its share of disappointment in the past. But the team gave me such a great car today. I was determined to win here – and we did.”
The Laguna Seca victory marks Dyson's third win in the four races run this season, adding to first-place finishes at Sebring and Road Atlanta.
After losing the drag race to the first corner, Dyson shadowed early leader Tomy Drissi for the first quarter of the race. Then, taking advantage of lapped traffic, Dyson slipped by Drissi and into a lead that was never threatened, even by a pair of full-course caution periods that each time bunched up the field.
Dyson’s CD Racing teammate, Humaid Masaood had a more adventuresome afternoon, dropping to last place after a first-lap miscue and then battling back through the 100-mile sprint to second place under the checkered flag after a hard-fought battle with former series champion Amy Ruman, Simon Gregg, Ken Thwaits and Drissi. Unfortunately Masaood was demoted by series officials to fourth-place in the TA Class after a ruling of avoidable contact during the close racing.
On To Sonoma
The fifth round of the Trans Am series takes place next weekend up north of San Francisco Bay at Sonoma Raceway. Dyson and Masaood swept last season’s Sonoma race, which was part of the Trans Am West Coast Championship last year and so paid no national championship points. This year it counts, a lot. “Sonoma is the last race in the first half of the season,” Dyson said. “Our home race is at Lime Rock Park over the Memorial Day weekend. It would be terrific to be coming off another good weekend before we race in front of all our family and local friends at Lime Rock.”
Sonoma has figured prominently in the Dyson family’s racing history, stretching back to when Rod Dyson celebrated his 1986 victory there aboard a Dyson Racing Team Porsche 962 during the legendary IMSA GTP days. In the intervening 36 years the team scored a pair of wins in the ‘90s before Chris took a race victory there during his 2003 American Le Mans Series championship-winning season.
Sonoma Race Schedule
Qualifying is Friday, April 29, 3:55 to 4:10 p.m. PT. The 40-lap (100-mile) race runs Saturday, April 30, with the green flag scheduled for 1:15 p.m. PT (4:15 p.m. ET)
The Sonoma TA race will be streamed live and free on the Trans Am Series by Pirelli YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/TheTransAmSeries). Sonoma live-stream coverage begins at 12:45 p.m. PT, 3:45 ET) on Saturday, April 30.
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