Hometown: Pleasant Valley, NY
Birthday: February 24, 1978
Team: Dyson Racing
Car # : 16
Car: LMP2-class Mazda MZR-R powered Lola B09/86 Coupe
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.
In the ALMS in 2009, Dyson and his co-driver, Guy Smith, started eighth at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, but mechanical issues plagued the squad and caused the Mazda-powered Lola coupe to retire early. The No. 16 car still earned a third-place P2 finish. At St. Petersburg, Dyson and Smith took home second place in P2, as both Lola-Mazdas finished the race. At Long Beach, the team battled against Lowe’s Fernandez Racing throughout the race. Dyson watched Smith lead the entirety of his opening stint before jumping in the car himself and finishing second in class in the team’s strongest run to date.
In 2008, Dyson and Smith drove their Porsche to sixth in the LMP2 driver’s championship, starting off the year with a class third in the 12 Hours of Sebring, garnering eight top-six results and finishing out of the points only once. In 2007, the duo was fourth in the LMP2 standings, four points behind the then-No. 16 Dyson drivers Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace, and in 2006 Dyson had three podiums and six top fives in 10 races for sixth in the ALMS’ LMP1 championship.
Dyson finished second in the ALMS LMP1 championship in 2005, with six seconds and a third in 10 races, including a run of five of six podiums in the last half of the season. In 2004, he garnered six of nine podiums in ALMS LMP1, for fourth in the final standings. In 64 starts in the ALMS, he has 64 top-10 finishes and 26 podiums to his credit.
Dyson also drove a Dome-Judd at the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans with reigning FIA Sportscar champion Jan Lammers, finishing seventh, the highest placed American. The same year, he drove the Zytek 043 prototype sports car to fourth in the Le Mans Endurance Series race at Silverstone, England. In 2003, he made his Formula Atlantic debut at Portland. 2003 also saw Dyson win the ALMS LMP 675 championship in his first full year in the series with four wins, including the class win at The 12 Hours of Sebring. Dyson won five races in the Rolex Grand-Am Series in 2002, missing the championship by two points.