© Andrew S. Hartwell
"I have so many great childhood memories of racing. When I was small, I used to wake up from naps to the sounds of Pat Smith and my dad checking the timing of my dad's Datsun 200SX."
Those words appear on the Dyson Racing website as part of a biography of Chris Dyson, the son of Rob Dyson, long time sportscar racing competitor. Rob, and Pat Smith - his crew chief and head engineer from the early 1970's right into the late 1990's - tuned many a motor along the path of a very successful sportscar racing career. Chris Dyson grew up with his dad's racing all around him. Like father, like son, over the last few years, he has firmly established the roots of his own sure-to-be-lengthy and already successful career in racing.
Dyson has competed in several different types of race cars and in several series. He was the 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 champion, driving a Dyson Racing Lola. He took four class wins that season including the coveted 12 Hours of Sebring. The Dyson team moved their Lolas into the P1 class for 2004, and managed to pull down six podium spots in nine races.
Chris Dyson has a full plate these days as he recently completed running a limited schedule of Toyota Atlantic (open wheel) races, plus a limited schedule of Grand Am races (in a Howard Motorsports Crawford Daytona Prototype, along with his father and Harrison Brix) and the full ALMS schedule in the LMP1 Dyson Lola. In 2004, Chris competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, partnering Jan Lammers in a Dome-Judd. (They finished 7th). And as if that weren't enough European flavor for this young American, he also drove a Zytek 04S in the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) race at Silverstone, England, and finished 4th.