ALMS: Guy Smith – Flat-out in Fifth

By Auto News Log • August 10th, 2010

Still savoring the sweet taste of Mid-Ohio victory

It has been a tough few months for the Dyson Racing team and myself as we have failed to finish the last three races- two of them since the Le Mans break. But then… it can all change around so quickly with our win at the latest race at Mid-Ohio we finally fulfilled our potential and brought the Castrol/Mazda home to victory.

There were many firsts with our win at Mid-Ohio. It was Mazda’s first overall win in the Series, the first victory using the isobutanol fuel, and the first overall win for Dunlop in the ALMS. It was also my first win in the Series and my first win for Dyson Racing which is a very special moment for me as I now feel like a true part of the Dyson Racing history.

In truth, we have been knocking on the door for a win all year with potential wins at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Lime Rock Park, only to be denied victory with mechanical issues. We knew that the Lola car was a great car and would be able to give us a stable platform in which to develop the engine and tires around it, and we have been able to do just that.

The switch to Dunlop this season was a calculated gamble as it was a departure from the ‘tried and tested’ Michelin tires which have been the benchmark tire for many years. But having driven on them in Europe, I knew they had great potential. Dunlop has been working very closely with our team and we have a great working relationship with them. We are working hard on getting the right package at each of the circuits as each time we race this year, it is the first time with Dunlops for us. A huge part of our win at Mid-Ohio is down to the Dunlop tires as Chris was able to double-stint his tires at the end of the race versus new tires on the Highcroft car. That gave us the better track position which we were able to hold to the end.

I am told it was a great race to watch. In truth I saw nothing of the race as once I got out of the car I sat on a bench at the back of the pit box hoping and praying we could bring the Castrol car home and in first place. But I could not bear to watch!

I am so happy for my guys as your morale takes a beating when you don’t finish races but we regrouped and reorganized ourselves going into the weekend and that is the sign of a great team when you can bounce back from adversity like that and win the race.

I am looking forward to the upcoming races as I think we have some of the best tracks coming up and I hope we get chance to revisit the top step of the podium as soaking the “Guv” on the podium was a lot of fun!!

Guy
www.guysmith.com
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The Mid-Ohio round will also be the subject of INTERSPORT’s next production of the American Le Mans Series. It will air at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 15 on CBS Sports.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar. The seventh round of the 2010 championship is set for 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 22. SPEED will air the race live at 3 p.m. ET with live radio coverage available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Americanlemans.com will stream Friday’s qualifying session starting at 3:10 p.m. CT. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

Source: American Le Mans Series

 

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