For the second of his three planned outings with Dyson Racing in the American Le Mans Series, Britain’s Andy Meyrick now heads to the classic California track of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the Monterey Peninsula.
The 24-year-old will be teaming with Dyson regulars Chris Dyson and Guy Smith for round three of the ALMS, the six-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón on Saturday, May 22nd. The race, which will run into the night, will be Meyrick’s first foray on Mazda’s home track, and he is really looking forward to being back behind the wheel of the ARCO-branded Mazda-powered Lola.
Built on a former US Army base, the 2.238 mile circuit is challenging for drivers and engineers alike, with its 11 turns and many ups and downs. The famous Corkscrew turn, a steep drop away over a blind 90-degree left-hand bend that immediately sweeps away to the right, is one of the highlights here and is an awesome place to watch the drivers in action. The track is also notoriously slippery due to the sand surrounding the asphalt, which is often either blown on or brought onto the track by another car. A fast lap here takes every ounce of skill that a driver possesses.
“Well, I’ve been on the Playstation for most of last week to try and learn the track, and I’m now mega round there in a GT car! I’m really looking forward to the challenge of learning the circuit in the practice time we have available, and I’ve watched the ALMS TV coverage from last year’s race a couple of times to get a better idea of where braking points and the racing lines are.
“It will be good to get back in the car again, especially for another endurance race. I was with the Dyson team testing recently at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah and that was very beneficial in terms of mileage for me and development for the team. We’re going into this race looking to get more points towards the LMP Championship; we’re currently a close third so there’s all to play for and we want to build on the solid results we’ve achieved so far.”