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Meet the racers powering MAZDASPEED Motorsports to new success. From today's hottest drivers to tomorrow's rising stars, these are the names to watch.
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Chris Dyson has been described as the complete package of mental and physical ability and commitment that is the hallmark of accomplished drivers. In addition to co-driving the No. 16 BP-sponsored Mazda/Lola Coupe, Dyson manages Dyson Racing and has led expansion efforts into other series. The team ran Dyson in partial Formula Atlantic seasons in 2004 and 2005, and he also ran selected Grand-Am races – five in 2005, six in 2006 and five in 2007 – in partnership with Howard-Boss Motorsports, driving with his father, Rob Dyson.


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John Edwards first entered organized motor racing in karts in 2003, winning the Great Lakes Sprint Series Junior Briggs Restricted Championship. In October of that same year he became the youngest ever licensed driver in U.S. open-wheel road racing.
Mazda’s first Le Mans appearance came in 1970 with its first victory in 1983. There have been eight class victories, 18 podium finishes (class and overall) and five pole positions.
This year’s lineup in Mazda-powered cars includes Dyson Racing’s Chris Dyson, who is driving RML’s Mazda-powered Lola coupe with Thomas Erdos and Mike Newton.
While one of the main stars of the Star Mazda Championship is the 238-horsepower Renesis-motivated Star Mazda Pro Formula Mazda racecar, the other half of the equation lies with the aspiring racers that are currently enrolled in the developmental series. A strong contingent of new and returning drivers from all over the world ensures that the competition will not only be fierce, but also international.
After finishing seventh in the Driver's Championship on the strength of six top five finishes and three podiums in 2006, Altenburg opened the 2007 season with back-to-back wins at Long Beach and Miller Motorsports Park; he never looked back.
Espenlaub's proficient style of racing led him to a full-time position with the Panoz Driving School, where he now serves as the facility's head instructor. "Of all the students that come through the school, Mazda owners are younger than most and more serious about learning to become performance drivers.