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AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES – DYSON RACING

Guy Smith
Hometown: Bracken, Yorkshire, GB
Birthday: September 12, 1974
Team: Dyson Racing
Team Website:www.dysonracing.com
Car # : 16
Car: LMP2-class Mazda MZR-R powered Lola B09/86 Coupe


The winner of the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans started his career young, beginning in karts when he was 12. Like all notable drivers, Dyson driver Guy Smith made his mark early; he won four championships in five years, earning the McLaren/Autsport young Kartist of the Year award. He graduated to Formula First in 1991, finishing second in the championship in his debut year.

In 1992, he drove a Vauxhall Junior, winning five races and coming second in the championship. He moved up to British Formula Ford the following year and won a nomination for the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award. More Formula Vauxhall wins in 1994 led to the 1995 Formula RenaultSport Championship, winning the title in his first year. He did two seasons of Formula Three, starting off by winning his first race from the pole.

Guy went to America in 1998 to race in the Indy Lights Championship, placing third in the championship his first year and winning the “Rookie of the Year” title. After another year in Indy Lights, Guy continued to demonstrate his ability to be quick in diverse categories, racing in the American Le Mans Series and driving at Le Mans for the first time, which added another “Rookie of the Year” title to his collection.

Team Bentley recognized his talent and hired him as part of their three-year plan to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won Le Mans in 2003. When Bentley left sports car racing, Guy drove for Audi UK in 2004, placing third at the 12 Hours of Sebring and second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 43 seconds behind the winning Audi after a 24-hour battle. He also did seven Champ Car races with Rocketsports Racing, finishing in the top 10 five times.

In addition to racing in the Grand-Am series in 2005, Guy drove for Dyson Racing in 2005 at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, where he finished second with Chris Dyson. Smith joined Dyson Racing full time in 2006, partnering Chris Dyson in the Thetford/Norcold entry, and claiming consecutive fastest race laps at Road America and Mosport. He co-drove the LMP2 Porsche in 2007 to fourth in the driver's championship, only four points behind fellow Dyson drivers Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace. In 2008, he finished sixth in the LMP2 standings, garnering eight top-six finishes, including a class third in the 12 Hours of Sebring.



Butch Leitzinger
Hometown: Rebersburg, PA
Birthday: February 28, 1969
Team: Dyson Racing
Team Website:www.dysonracing.com
Car # : 20
Car: LMP2-class Mazda MZR-R powered Lola B09/86 Coupe


Though Butch's dad, race car driver Bob Leitzinger, initially didn’t want his son following in his footsteps, that’s exactly what happened when, at 16, Butch started racing in a local Pennsylvania off-road series. His father and brother ultimately raced with him on the weekends, the three of them taking home trophies more often than not.

20 years on, the younger Leitzinger has won the 24 Hours of Daytona three times, the World Sportscar championship twice and both the CanAm and IMSA GTU championships. He’s won in Trans Am, finished on the podium at The 24 Hours of Le Mans, has three wins in NASCAR's Busch North Series and a podium finish in the Watkins Glen NASCAR Busch race. Leitzinger was third in the 2005 Rolex Series championship, with two wins and three seconds, and has been the recipient of many awards over the years, as well, including On Track magazine's sports car racer of the decade.

Leitzinger took fifth in the ALMS LMP2 championship in 2008, never finishing out of the points in the 11-race season. That included a second at Sebring, another podium at Road America and three top fives. He was third in the LMP2 championship in 2007 with three podiums and also finished third in the ALMS LMP1 championship in 2006 with three podiums and the pole at Portland. He has 59 top fives in the last 10 years in the ALMS, along with 32 victories with Dyson Racing in 14 years, including two in 2005 at Mid-Ohio and Mosport. The Mid-Ohio win was part of the first one-two for Dyson Racing in the ALMS.

In 2009, Leitzinger has teamed with Marino Franchitti and Ben Devlin in the new Mazda-powered Lola coupe for Dyson Racing. In the 12 Hours of Sebring, they qualified and started third in P2, but their entry was forced to retire after 149 laps with mechanical problems; they still finished second in class. At St. Petersburg, Leitzinger and Franchitti took home a second consecutive P2 podium finish in third place. At Long Beach, the pairing displayed improved form in another third-place P2 showing, getting closer to class rivals Fernandez Racing despite finishing a lap back to their opponent’s Acura.



Marino Franchitti
Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland, GB
Birthday: July 7, 1978
Team: Dyson Racing
Team Website:www.dysonracing.com
Car # : 20
Car: LMP2-class Mazda MZR-R powered Lola B09/86 Coupe


A true devotee of the sport, Marino Franchitti started in karts at age eight and counts among his heroes Jackie Stewart, Derek Bell and Jim Clark, drivers who were fast in whatever they drove. By the end of 2001, Franchitti’s first year of sports car racing, he had won the British GTO Championship, taking eight wins and three second places along the way. He began racing in the American Le Mans Series in 2002 and has raced in it every year since. He has successfully driven a wide variety of sports cars in North America and Europe, and like all good drivers, he seemingly can get into any car and do well.

Franchitti made his mark on the American Le Mans Series in 2007, racing the Acura LMP2 car with a season best of second overall at Houston. Moving over to the Dyson squad in 2008, Franchitti had good inaugural year with the teams’ LMP2 Porsche. He started the year with a second-overall at the 12 Hours of Sebring and scored another class podium at Road America. He scored eight top-six class finishes for the year and finished fifth in the championship.

At Sebring in 2009, Franchitti started P10 with Butch Leitzinger and Ben Devlin in Dyson Racing’s Mazda-powered Lola coupe. Mechanical problems caused an early retirement on Lap 149, but they still claimed second in LMP2 class. At St. Petersburg, Franchitti posted the fastest LMP2 race lap in the Lola-Mazda en route to a third-place finish. At Long Beach, he came home third in P2 with Leitzinger in their most competitive form of the season. Franchitti drove the final stint but finished a lap down to the class-winning Acura.



Ben Devlin
Hometown: Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Age: 25
Family: Single
Favorite circuits: Road Atlanta and Spa
Personal Website: www.bendevlin.com
Team: B-K Motorsports
Team website: www.b-kracing.com
Car: Lola B07/46-Mazda MZR-R
Car Number: 8
Class: American Le Mans Series LMP-2
Notable: Began auto racing career at the age of 12 in karting and joined Jim Russell Racing School at 15; won his first five races following graduation.

Ben Devlin


Although only 25 years old, Ben Devlin has veteran Le Mans prototype experience with seat time in the top line sports cars dating back to 2002. In 2007, the Englishman joined Jamie Bach on the B-K Motorsports team in the debut season of the team’s Mazda MZR-R-powered Lola B07/40 in the LMP2 class.

Despite the challenges of a development year and competing against an elite international field including factory entries from Porsche and Acura, the team managed a top ten finish in each of its 11 starts, including a fourth place finish at Mosport.

Previously: Began 2001 season in Britain's BRDC GT Series driving a Dodge Viper; moved on to SRPII class in Grand-Am, driving for Archangel and winning races at Road America and Watkins Glen en route to finishing sixth in drivers standings; in 2000, earned "Young Star" award in the Lotus Autobytel Elise championship; was initial tester in development of A1GP car.