Butch Leitzinger has been confirmed as joining the Oryx Racing team for two upcoming long endurance races, the sportscar legend joining Humaid Al Masaood and Brit Steven Kane in the #20 Oryx Dyson Racing Lola Mazda, who won their first ALMS event last weekend.
Leitzinger, a fiftee-year veteran of Dyson Racing, will join the team for the upcoming six-hour ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 17th and the 14th annual 1,000 mile/10 hour Petit Le Mans, Powered by Mazda, two weeks later on October 1st . A fan favourite, Leitzinger has thirty-four victories driving for Dyson Racing, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona twice, the IMSA World Sportscar Championship twice and the CanAm championship.
Leitzinger said: “I have been very impressed with how quickly both Humaid and Steven have come to grips with the car. From their first race at Lime Rock, they have been right on the pace. And when you look at the results from any session, they always have the speed. It is a credit to both of them that they have been able to jump right in with a new car, a new team and a new series and instantly be fighting for poles and now to win in their fifth race in the series.”
Al Masaood commented: “When we were talking about possible additional drivers for the last two long endurance races of the season, the discussion centered around Butch. There is no one who matches his experience with the team, our cars and the Mazda Raceway and Road Atlanta tracks. It will be great for Steven and myself to be able to draw on his expertise. He does not have to sit in the car two hours to get a handle on it, he gets to the pace instantly, which will allow Steven and I more time to learn these legendary circuits. We feel Butch will help us deliver strong performances at both races.”
Chris Dyson added: “We are thrilled to have been able to help Butch join Oryx Racing for these important races. We couldn't think of a better fit for Humaid and Steven and the Oryx Mazda. We expect him to be a big contributor to the team's efforts.”