Dyson, Jones Return To Rolex 24 in Lola
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Dyson Racing will return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2011 with a Ford-powered Proto-Auto Lola in a joint program with drivers John McCutcheon and Davy Jones.
The Dyson team plans to test the new car this week before entering the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City on Sept. 11.
“That’s the beauty of where Dyson Racing is in 2010 versus 2005,” said Chris Dyson, who will co-drive. “We are in a position to run multiple platforms and serve our partners well.” The team will continue campaigning its Lola-Mazda in the American Le Mans Series in 2011, said Dyson.
There were no details announced for plans beyond the two Grand-Am races in Salt Lake and next year in Daytona for the No. 16 Proto-Auto Lola, where Roush Yates Engines will provide the Ford V-8 and sponsorship will include the Texas Heart Institute.
Both Dyson Racing and Davy Jones have had their share of success at Daytona. Jones co-drove to victory in 1990 aboard a TWR Jaguar XJR-9 and Dyson Racing took the over-all victory laurels in 1997 and 1999 with its Riley & Scott Mk. III-Ford entries.
For Jones, it will be his first return aboard a contender for top honors at Daytona since winning the Le Mans 24-hour in 1996 aboard a TWR-built Porsche Spyder shortly after a runner-up finish in the Indy 500. The following year, Jones suffered a neck injury in the season-opening Indy Racing League event in Orlando and was forced to the sidelines. He competed with McCutheon in this year’s Rolex race in the Banner Racing Corvette, which finished 38th over-all and 23rd in the GT.
“I’ve always been a hired gun and you show up with the team,” said Jones. “The guys like Scott Pruett show up with their teams thinking that they’re going to win the race. John and I did the 24-hour this year and that got the itch going.
“You have to put yourself in a position to win,” he continued. “It’s been a number of years (since racing a prototype) but if you’re fit and your mind’s into it, it can be done.”
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