POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (September 19, 2023) – Looking to pad his current series point lead, two-time Trans Am champion Chris Dyson is aiming for his fourth race win of the year at World Wide Technology Raceway in suburban St. Louis. Almost as much as the wheel-to-wheel challenge from his direct rivals in the headline TA class, Dyson will need to take care as he laps mixed classes with his #16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang over the course of Saturday’s 100-mile sprint race. In total 29 cars, including those in the slower TA2 class, are scheduled to take the green flag on the 1.6-mile, eight-turn “roval” circuit that combines much of the banked oval with a tight six-turn infield section.
“I’m going for the win for sure,” Dyson said. “But I’m also keeping in mind that old racing adage that to finish first, first you must finish. The TA2 class is super competitive and those guys are going to be having a hard race among themselves, fighting for their own championships. We have raced on track with both TA and TA2 classes before, and it’s always action-packed and filled with more than a share of dicey moments, especially as we navigate a very short lap like Gateway. So taking care in – and managing – the traffic will be at a great premium this weekend.”
Dyson also cited the team’s challenge of finding the sweet spot in the compromise between a suspension setup that maximizes speed on the oval part of the circuit and the necessity for nimble handling in the cut-and-thrust of the six infield turns.
“Fortunately between the optional test and regular practice sessions we should have enough time to find the best balance,” Dyson said. “We are confident we have cured the electrical issue we had with our primary car two weeks ago at Watkins Glen, but for this weekend we will be bringing the spare car I used to finish second at the Glen. It has been a while since we raced TA on a short Roval (Homestead, in 2018), but fundamentally the challenges are the same always. You need a car that can handle the G-loads on the banking but also can brake and put the power down well in the infield. If we have a good result this weekend I think that puts us in a very good position for our third straight Trans Am championship.”
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World Wide Technology Raceway Schedule
Qualifying takes place Saturday, September 23, 8:30 a.m. — 8:55 a.m. CT (9:30 a.m. — 9:55 a.m. ET)
The 100-mile race takes the green flag Saturday, Sept 23 at 1:10 p.m. CT (2:10 p.m. ET)
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