Marsal Returns to Lime Rock Park Podium with Dyson Racing

Marsal Returns to Lime Rock Park Podium with Dyson Racing Photo: A large crowd on hand as the Prototypes mixed it up among GT traffic at Lime Rock Park

SALISBURY, Connecticut (July 7, 2012) Making his second American Le Mans Series start for Dyson Racing, Michael Marsal continued to speed through his racy summer as he scored a third place finish in the #20 LMP1 Mazda coupe at Lime Rock Park wit co-driver Eric Lux.

The result was a strong follow up to Marsal’s debut in the big Prototype machines after he also scored a 3rd place in theTequila Patrón American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach in April.

After Lux qualified on Friday afternoon, Marsal started Saturday’s race from third on the combined-class grid. An early pit stop saw him losing track position, but he steadily worked his way up to second in P1 and fourth overall before turning the car over to Lux to take to the finish after notching 87 laps of Lime Rock’s 1.5-mile high-speed bullring. A stop to get the brake lights working on the Lola, which where not working after contact from behind, cost a shot at a stronger result.

“It was great to be running with the Dyson Racing guys again this weekend, and driving this P1 car on a track like Lime Rock is really exciting,” said Marsal, who won at the track in GRAND-AM competition in 2010 with Turner Motorsport. “We kept improving all weekend long and I was pretty happy with the progress. It takes so much commitment to put a big lap together in these cars and I just kept getting more and more confident with the car. It was a shame we had the brake light problem–you hate to lose that many laps and not really be a factor late in the race. But it was still a positive weekend that I can build on later in the year.”

Marsal’s racing schedule will now take him from the closet-tight confines of Lime Rock Park to the wide-open spaces of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he is set to rejoin his full-time commitment with Turner Motorsport. Marsal shares the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 with Boris Said, and the duo will look to score another podium finish on Friday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, featuring Rolex and Continental Tire Grand-Am races.

Marsal has three top-ten finishes in seven starts this season and is targeting a return to the GRAND-AM podium. The Continental Tire Race for the Super Weekend at the Brickyard will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 27 and will later air on SpeedTV at 12:00 PM on Sunday, August 5.

Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
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Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm. Clients include Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger, Rolex 24 at Daytona Champions Michael Shank Racing, Riley Technologies, Continental Tire, and several teams and drivers in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

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