Dyson Racing today opened a new chapter in the history of one of America’s most storied sportscar racing teams with the announcement of a new program to promote the development of particularly promising young talent.
In addition to announcing the formation of the Dyson Racing Junior Development Program, Chris Dyson also named the program’s first member, 16 year-old Skip Barber Racing Series and US F2000 graduate Matt McMurry.
“The Dyson Racing Team has during its long history been home to many of the best drivers in sportscar racing,” said the team’s Vice President and Sporting Director, Chris Dyson. “Over the past three decades our team has also nurtured the careers of a number of up-and-coming drivers, including my own. With the creation of the Dyson Racing Junior Development Program we’ve made a more formal commitment to accelerating the progress of new generations of driving talent.”
McMurry, the son of sportscar racing veteran and former team driver Chris McMurry, joined Dyson Racing drivers Tom Kimber-Smith and Chris Dyson last weekend in Kershaw, South Carolina for a two-day test in the same Caterham-liveried LMP2-class Zytek-Nissan that will be fielded for TK-S and Dyson by Greaves Motorsport in the European Le Mans Series. McMurry’s first outing as part of his Dyson Junior Development program will see him rejoin Greaves on April 1-2 at the European Le Mans Series Official Test at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for me, and I’m honored to be Dyson Racing’s first Junior Development Program team member,” said McMurry, who says he’s looking forward to now competing on a world stage. “Sportscar racing is an international sport and to have the chance to compete in Europe and learn from guys like Tom, who’s won the LMP2 class twice at Le Mans, and Chris, who’s twice been the IMSA American Le Mans Series driver champion, it’s just such a great thing.”
McMurry, from Phoenix, says he learned to drive at the age of five under the tutelage of Bondurant Superkart School’s general manager and lead instructor Alan Rudolph. A half-dozen years later McMurry was a student in Bondurant’s school driving Corvettes and Formula Mazdas.
In the past two years McMurry has competed in a total of 56 races in Formula Skip Barber, US F2000, Formula Mazda and Prototype Lites.
For 2014, in addition to his commitments with the Dyson Racing Junior Team, McMurry will be competing domestically in a full 14-race season in the International Motor Sports Association’s Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship in an entry fielded by Performance Tech Motorsports.
Dyson Racing Team President Rob Dyson says he’s looking forward to watching McMurry’s racing career progress this year with the support of Kimber-Smith and Chris Dyson. “I saw how having the support of a well-organized and experienced team behind him helped accelerate Chris’s development as a driver. It allowed him to fully focus on building his skill behind the wheel.”
“What impresses me the most about Matt is not how good he is for a driver his age,” Chris Dyson said. “It’s just how flat good he is. I watched him drive last week in testing and I came away with the sense that he has enough talent that if he plays his card right, there’s no limit to how much he can accomplish. In the car and working with the team running the test, Matt showed an unbelievable degree of maturity. All of us at Dyson Racing are happy to welcome him to our Junior Development Program, and we are excited to see him grow with us.”