Andy Lally will share the #16 Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in the opening round of the new American Le Mans Series campaign, returning to the team he helped to an overall runners-up spot in 2008.
Lally has been a long-term contributor to the Dyson programme, having driven at Sebring and in the Petit Le Mans for the team, and partnered Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti to second overall in last year's Sebring 12 Hours. An accomplished sportscar driver, he won the GT class in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona, was the 2006 Grand-Am Rolex Series GT champion and is the only three-time Rolex champion having also won Grand-Am championships in 2004 and 2001. He also has four series runners-up trophies from the past nine years.
“Andy has always been a very natural fit with our team,” said lead driver and sporting director Dyson, “He tested with us and the new Mazda Lola Coupe at Sebring in mid-February and he was immediately quick.
''He is one of the best when it comes to knowing how to get the most out of the car in a long endurance race, and his relationship with the team goes back to 2003. We always look forward to his return to our racing family, and Guy and I are delighted to have him on board the #16 car with us at Sebring.”
Despite spending most of his time in the Grand-Am series, Lally is excited to get another crack at one of the world's classic endurance events.
“The history of the Twelve Hours of Sebring is built on classic battles between some of the great names in racing,” he said, “It is one of my favourite races and to be part of the Dyson Racing effort again is always one of the highlights of my year.
''Their new Mazda is a driver-friendly car and gives you the feedback you need to be quick for twelve hours. These long races are driven now as long sprint races and you need a car you can lean on with confidence.”