American Le Mans Series Marsal Strong as Dyson Racing Celebrates Big Day at Road America

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    Elkhart Lake, Wis. (20 August 2012) - In a record setting race that saw the sister Dyson Racing machine take a dramatic victory, Michael Marsal scored his fourth American Le Mans Series podium in as many races in the Road America Road Race Showcase on Saturday.
    Piloting the No. 20 Mazda B11/66 Lola with co-drivers Tony Burgess and Eric Lux, the trio drove to a third place result in the four-hour endurance event.

    The No. 20 LMP1 machine started from second on the grid with Burgess opening the race with a clean, trouble-free stint before pitting out of the third position and handing the controls over to Marsal.

    Though only his fourth ALMS appearance of his racing career, Marsal delivered yet another strong performance behind the wheel of the Mazda on the high-speed track. He moved to second in the order and maintained the runner-up spot throughout his over one-hour long stint as he cleanly navigated around the challenging four-mile Wisconsin road course. With just over an hour remaining in the race, Marsal brought the No. 20 to pit road and handed the car over to Lux who would take it to the finish.

    Despite running second throughout most of the four-hours of intense racing and even pacing the field as the overall P1 leader for a portion of the event, the No. 20 ultimately took third at the checkered flag - less than a minute behind the leaders.

    The third place effort made for a double-Dyson podium as the sister No. 16 Dyson Racing LMP1 entry of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith claimed victory following a frantic dash to the checkered flag. The No. 16 machine took the win with just a .083-second advantage which marked the closest finish in ALMS history.

    "What an epic day - a big congrats to Dyson Racing on the win," said Marsal. "We thought we might be able to give Dyson a 1-2 finish, but unfortunately there was just one caution too many and they got the wave-by to get the lap back. But it's still great to be on the podium again. We had a great car all weekend long and it was a blast to drive it here at Road America. A great effort by all the Dyson guys this weekend. I still can't believe how close that finish was!"

    The race marked Marsal's fourth consecutive ALMS podium result, and the recent college graduate will look forward to his return to temporary street-circuit racing when Dyson Racing heads for the Baltimore Grand Prix on Labor Day weekend. From there, Marsal will make his way West to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as he returns to GRAND-AM competition in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW September 7-8.

    Michael Marsal PR

    Road America Road Race Showcase


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