Dyson Racing drivers Chris Dyson and Guy Smith took the overall and LMP class win today in an exciting finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
Dyson took over the wheel after Smith started and held off Highcroft Patron Racing's Simon Pagenaud by the slim margin of .506 seconds to capture the first overall win for either driver in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. Finishing third in the series' top class were Scott Drissi and Bryan Willman as the Dublin, Ohio-based Intersport Racing team's car failed to restart after entering the pits and finished fourth, after running up front for much of the race's first two hours.
In another exciting race-within-a-race, six GT cars finished on the class' lead lap. Risi Competizione's duo of Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Brumi held off the #4 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin by .582 seconds. Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker captured the LMPC class win and finished an impressive fourth overall. Rounding out the class wins was Black Swan Racing's Tim Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen, who stood atop the box in the GTC class.
In the IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying session, Will Power of Team Penske won his seventh pole of the season and in the process tied teammate Helio Castroneves for the single season record he set in 2007. Power, who did not race in the 2009 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance and tested on a limited basis here this season impressed fans and finished with a 1:07.1997 to start up front. Dario Franchitt joins Power on the front row in tomorrow's race at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance are available at all gates and begin at $50 for Sunday daily general admission. NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann will serve as the Grand Marshal of the race. Gates open at 7 a.m. and the day also includes races from the World Challenge Championships and Firestone Indy Lights.
Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama Race # 1 Results
World Challenge Championship Race # 1 Results
Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying Results
IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying Results
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge Results
Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama Race # 2 Results