A winning race car that was a fan favorite at Lime Rock Park has found a new place in the spotlight.
The Mazda-powered Lola B80/96 coupe, campaigned by Dyson Racing in the American LeMans Series, won Lime Rock’s Northeast Grand Prix in 2011 along with propelling Chris Dyson and Guy Smith to the ALMS championship as well as the 2011 team title. Over the course of its career, this car and its stablemates also scored victories at Mid-Ohio, Road America, and the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
Retired at the end of 2013, the car was recently delivered to the Saratoga (NY) Automobile Museum to be added to the prestigious Racing in New York gallery. It joins such illustrious counterparts as George Weaver’s “Poison Lil” Maserati grand prix car that was a two-time winner on the original Watkins Glen road circuit and the World of Outlaws dirt track sprint car driven to a Knoxville Nationals victory by Mark Kinser.
On Saturday, November 25 Chris Dyson, 2011 American LeMans Series champion, and Rob Dyson, founder and principle of Pleasant Valley, NY based Dyson Racing, will talk about the car’s history and the era of the American LeMans Series as part of the museum’s annual “Lost Speedways” program.
Joining the Dysons on the “Lost Speedways” program will be Ken Parrotte, who will recall the 1967 racing season, a landmark year both locally and nationally, while former NASCAR head chassis inspector and post-race teardown supervisor Randy Hedger will tell tales of his encounters with various crew chiefs, creative cheaters and the parts he confiscated from them. He will also recall a few unusual experiences while driving the Sprint Cup pace car.
The venerable New York State Fairgrounds mile in Syracuse, recently bulldozed in the name of “progress,” will be the focus of the final two presentations. SAM Racing in NY gallery curator Ron Hedger will take a look back at Labor Day racing on the mile in the 50’s and early 60’s, then interview famed car owner Randy Ross and longtime Syracuse competitor Dickie Larkin about their experiences at Super DIRT Week.
As always, the action will kick off with a display of shared memorabilia at 11 am, followed by the formal presentations at 12:15 pm. Normal museum admission charges will prevail, with museum members admitted free of charge. And once again, the always popular Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be on-site selling their famous lunch items.
More information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, located two miles off Exit 13N of I-87, the Adirondack Northway, is available online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.