Chris Dyson piloted his No. 16 Bentley/Breitling/Mobil 1 Team Bentley Dyson Racing Bentley Continental GT3 to victory at Road America in Round 12. It was Dyson’s first career Pirelli World Challenge GT win.
How did you get into racing? My father was racing before I was born, so it’s always been part of my family’s life.
Do you have any superstitions? No.
Favorite North American track and why? I would say it’s a toss-up for me between Mosport, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Sonoma and Lime Rock. They’re all very flowing, demanding and distinctive places, with tremendous histories.
What’s the turn or feature at a North American track that requires your full attention when you race? The fastest corners are always the ones where you have to pay the most attention, especially the ones with walls nearby!
Tell us something that fans may not know about you. I like reading actual newspapers and I love short track oval racing.
As a race car driver, how do you manage fear, or does fear even enter your mind before you strap into a race car? You have to treat this sport with respect as much as you have to manage your fear. It’s a balance to manage the fear that may come into your head. The fear keeps you honest, in that it prevents you from taking undue risk, but at the same time you have to subordinate the normal self-preservation to a healthy level to be able to drive quickly. The key is to be as clinical as possible, which means emotions have to take a back seat. It’s not always easy.
Are race car drivers born or made? That’s above my pay grade to answer.
What fuels your desire to race cars? I have always loved competition and being on the edge, and pushing myself. Nothing else compares to racing cars.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who aspires to become a race car driver? Get an education. And start at the levels where there are lots of competitors against which to gauge yourself. And have as many business interests outside of racing as possible to buffer the uncertainties.
As a professional race car driver, what’s your pet peeve driving on public roads? In the USA, it’s the lack of awareness of what the passing lane means.