POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (September 10, 2023) – Given the CD Racing team’s travails in practice – a bedeviling electrical gremlin that grounded Chris Dyson’s intended car for the weekend – the two-time and defending Trans Am by Pirelli champion counted himself fortunate to be standing on the second step of the Winners Circle podium following the checkered flag at Saturday’s 100-mile Trans Am race at Watkins Glen International with his substantial 2023 championship lead still largely intact.

“We had a strong test last week here at the Glen,” Dyson said. “The work we’d done on the car in the two months since Elkhart Lake significantly improved its performance and we were optimistic about our chances this weekend.”

But when his #16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang experienced electrical system woes in the final pre-qualifying Practice session, the decision was made to replace it with the car raced most recently by Adam Andretti at Sebring in March.

“It was fortunate we had the sister car as a backup,” Dyson said. “But it had not been run on track since early this year and we didn’t have the time to transfer over all the detailed tweaks we’d made to my primary car. All things considered, I felt fortunate to qualify third. Justin (Marks) had a strong car and drove well all weekend. He had some issues in practice as well, but they got them sorted for qualifying. I knew going into race day that it was going to be a tough race for us.”

Near the halfway mark Dyson passed Boris Said for second place. “But I knew my only chance for a shot at Justin was if there was a full course yellow. I had a good lead on the rest of the field, so I made sure I took care of the car and the tires. But there was no yellow. Generally, it’s not satisfying finishing second, but this time I’m grateful. From a points perspective this was a pretty good result.”

Next Up: Meet Me in St. Louis

The Trans Am Series’ next event for the headline TA class is September 22-24 at World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis.

“I’m confident we will be bringing a strong car to Gateway” Dyson said. “We’ve got about ten days to get everything sorted. I like scoring well and leading the championship, but I want some more race wins before this campaign wraps up. I am looking forward to a great race.”

Watkins Glen Rebroadcast Schedule

A 60-minute feature on the Watkins Glen race will be broadcast this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET to MAVTV’s 22 million North American linear households and 175 million connected devices.


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