Congratulations to Rob Dyson, the multi-titled sports car racer, entrant and entrepreneur who turned 67 on Friday.
Dyson began competing in amateur SCCA competition in 1974 and began racing professionally in IMSA GTO and the Trans-Am Series in 1982. In 1985 be purchased a Porsche 962 from Bruce Leven and began racing in IMSA's GTP class, and his Dyson Racing squad was soon a major player.
In 1995 his team was the first to run the new Riley & Scott Mk III, refusing to run the Ferrari 333 SP, as he felt it would make the new World SportsCar Championship which had replaced GTP a "spec series" if all major teams were running the car. Rob and his team won the 1997 24 Hours of Daytona with its R&S Mk III with an all star squad of seven drivers including sports car legends James Weaver, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, and Butch Leitzinger. The Dyson team again won the race in 1999, this time without Rob as one of the drivers.
The team later purchased Lola chassis and began racing in the American Le Mans Series, where it currently competes. Rob retired from full-time racing in 2003 but continued to drive part-time until 2007, and remains an active part of Dyson Racing. Rob's son Chris Dyson currently drives for the team.
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