6 September 2017 – It was a four podium weekend for Audi Sport customer racing outfit M1 GT Racing during the final round of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX program at the famed Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Under picture perfect weather, the grey and red Audi R8s were consistently at the front of their respective divisions throughout the weekend and ended the SprintX season on a high note as they look towards future racing programs.
“COTA is an amazing facility and all of our drivers performed well throughout the weekend,” explained Remi Lanteigne. “The complete team and drivers worked very well together and we were able to elevate the performance of the team as a whole. Can’t wait to get both cars back on track together again soon.”
A pair of third place results for Bell, Dayson, Audi and M1 GT Racing
16 August 2017 – Announcing last week that they would return to competition, M1 GT Racing travelled west to the ultra-fast Utah Motorsports Campus to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX program. With Jason Bell and James Dayson behind the wheel of the Audi Sport customer racing Audi R8, the duo would compete in the Am/Am GTS division and claim a pair of third place results in their first event as teammates.
Entering another Pirelli World Challenge Sprint X GTS event, defending series champions M1 GT Racing announce that drivers James Dayson and Jason Bell will co-pilot the M1 GT Audi R8 LMS this coming weekend in Utah. Taking place at the 24-turn, 3.048 mile Utah Motorsports Campus, Dayson and Bell will look to utilize their speed and experience to take them to the top step of the podium.
“I am excited to get back to the track and have James and Jason behind the wheel,” explains M1 GT Racing’s Remi Lanteigne. “We have taken a brief hiatus but are happy to be back. Both drivers have loads of experience and should be a threat for the Sprint X GTS Am/Am race win.”
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2016) – James Dayson may have been the worst peanut vendor in the history of the Champ Car race in Vancouver.
And that’s OK. Doing a lousy job selling peanuts helped Dayson launch a racing journey that has led him into the cockpit of the No. 12 Extreme Speed Motorsports car this season in the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires.
Dayson attended the open-wheel race in his hometown as a 12-year-old selling peanuts in the grandstands. But there was one problem.
“I didn’t do a very good job because I spent most of the time watching the cars instead of selling the peanuts,” Dayson said, laughing.
But that job, and working in his uncle’s beer garden at the race, sparked a passion for auto racing that Dayson couldn’t ignore. He started watching Formula One races in the 1990s and attended the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2003.
Dayson talked with his buddies in 2008 about his desire to get behind the wheel of a race car. The topic loomed larger and larger in his life.
“The switch in my brain hit a different gear,” Dayson said. “The passion and the drive just kept getting stronger.”
Dayson, who owns a successful investments and venture capital company, was married in 2010 and traveled the globe for a year with his wife. As they sat on a beach in Bali, Dayson looked to his wife with racing once again at the front of his mind.
“I just remember looking over to her and saying, ‘I’ve got to do this,’” Dayson said.
That desire shifted into reality when Dayson signed up for a racing school. But he never participated in the school because he forged a relationship with the owner of a team in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, the first rung in the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel feeder system.
Dayson never had driven a race car when he tested the USF2000 car for three days in October 2011 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California.
The team owner then asked Dayson to participate in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test just two weeks later on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It was a crash course, figuratively and almost literally for Dayson.
He was alone on track at Buttonwillow. But he was turning laps at the Griffis test alongside some of the most talented young open-wheel racers in North America, including Spencer Pigot, Neil Alberico and Scott Hargrove
“It was horrific,” Dayson said. “I was absolutely terrified. I was like, ‘Wow.’ That was a big reality check. I caused a lot of red flags. It was pretty embarrassing sitting in the penalty box.”
But Dayson had dreamed of racing for too long to be deterred. He proceeded to compete in the USF2000 Winterfest winter season in 2012, winning the championship in the sparsely populated National class with three victories in four starts with Jensen Motorsport.
That success helped restore his confidence and ignite his desire even further. Dayson competed in a partial USF2000 season in 2012, sidelined due to an injury suffered playing hockey.
A first breakthrough came in 2013. Dayson competed in the entire National class season in USF2000, placing third in the championship after finishing on the podium in each of his 11 starts with Arms Up Motorsports.
Dayson suffered a serious back injury after the 2013 season. But he avoided surgery with an aggressive conditioning program and returned to USF2000 for a partial campaign in 2014.
All of Dayson’s racing aspirations entered a higher gear in 2015, when he completed a full season in USF2000, which had eliminated the National class after the 2013 season. Dayson was driving in the deep end of the pool at every race, yet he managed to finish 13thin the standings.
“That was huge for me,” Dayson said. “The commitment had shifted, big time, with my training because of my back injury. 2015 was really good for me. I finally got some top-10 results.
“I just started refining my racecraft, which was really getting better. The mental work I was doing and just the dedication.”
But Dayson’s career path in motorsports took an unexpected detour in the summer of 2015. His USF2000 teammate Max Hanratty made his Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires debut in August at Road America and finished fifth in his first start with Extreme Speed Motorsports.
Hanratty’s success teased Dayson’s curiosity about Prototype Lites. Dayson’s driving coach, Steve Welk, introduced Dayson to Extreme Speed Motorsports driver-owner Scott Sharp, and Dayson found himself in an Élan DP02 chassis powered by a Mazda engine and racing on Cooper Tires at the season-ending Rounds 13 and 14 during Petit Le Mans last October at Road Atlanta.
Dayson finished 13th in his first series start. But it was his drive from a 21st-place start to a ninth-place finish the next day in wet conditions that convinced him to leave open-wheel racing for sports cars starting in 2016.
“I was shocked how much the downforce helped with the grip with the wet,” Dayson said. “I used to absolutely terrified of the rain. If I knew it was going to rain the next day, I was having a horrible sleep the night before because I was so nervous.
“And driving this car in the rain, it was like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s such a difference.’” For me, it was just right away I got in, and I just felt more comfortable. I don’t know what it was, whether it was a mental thing because you have a bigger, beefier car, and you actually have the physical carbon tub instead of a tube-framed chassis. You have a lot more room inside the cockpit, as well.
“I got in, and it was like, ‘This is the home I need to be in right now.’”
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(Trois-Rivières) Des voitures prototypes, il n’y en avait pas eu sur le circuit trifluvien depuis la visite des voitures de l’American Le Mans Series au début des années 2000. Si seulement une dizaine de bolides ont foulé la piste lors des essais vendredi, ils devraient être beaucoup plus nombreux l’an prochain.
En effet, le championnat IMSA Prototypes Lites devrait grossir en 2017 avec l’ajout d’une deuxième catégorie, les LMP3. Des voitures puissantes, équipées de moteurs V8 et qui devraient attirer quelques jeunes pilotes qui aimeraient se retrouver dans la série reine du domaine en Amérique du Nord, le WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship. En plus de prototypes, on retrouve dans ce championnat des véhicules prototypes de catégorie LMP1 et LMP2, mais aussi des voitures Grand Tourisme, tel que des BMW, Corvette, Ferrari et Porsche.
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It has been over a month since the 2015 USF2000 Championship came to a close at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but things have hardly slowed down for Wisconsin-based team ArmsUp Motorsports. After a season full of highs and lows, the team finished the season off with a strong four car effort, now potentially preparing to increase the size of the program for the upcoming season.
“We’re currently preparing to run four cars in the championship next year,” said Gregg Borland, Team Owner. “There will be plenty of testing during the off season, so we’re going to use the coming months to continue to get the program ready.”
While the racer line up remains unconfirmed for the time being, Borland is confident in current and future negotiations.
“There are a lot of conversations happening as we continue to put the pieces in place. There is currently interest from returning AUM drivers, and we are also very open to talking to new drivers as well.”
In 2015, the team ran full seasons with AUM newcomers Keyvaan Andres Soori, Max Hanratty and veteran James Dayson.
Young German racer Keyvan Andres Soori joined ArmsUp Motorsports for his second year of contention in the USF2000 series. The 2013-2014 Skip Barber Winter Series Championship winner finished in the top 10 for more than half of the races this season, consistently bettering his results as the season progressed. He finished on a high note in the penultimate round, impressively pushing his way up from 11th place to finish an impressive sixth.
USF2000 Rookie Max Hanratty finished the season off eighth out of 18 rookies. Also a Skip Barber Racing School alumnus, the young American proved to be competitive in his opening season, as he dedicated his attention to bettering his race craft.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better rookie USF2000 season,” said Hanratty. “The ArmsUp crew did a fantastic job all year. It was definitely a huge learning year for myself, and we were able to make huge gains throughout the season. At times we did really well and were able to be more competitive than we thought we would be coming into the year. The Mazda Road to Indy is so competitive and it is a great environment for a developing young driver to be in. It forces you to be on the top of your game at all times and to always be looking for more out of the car. It really helped to push me out of my comfort zone. Lastly I want to thank the entire ArmsUp Motorsports Crew for a great season and also my sponsors Juniper Networks and SynerComm Inc.”
Citing 2015 as the best season of his career, Canadian USF2000 veteran James Dayson showed vast improvements as the season progressed. In a series where thousandths of a second can make or break a result, Dayson continued to strive with every session, consistently leaving a race weekend several seconds faster than when he started.
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The 2015 USF2000 season has been one of great progress and new gains for James Dayson. The continued hard work is beginning to pay off as the series and drivers head to Toronto to kick off the summer season. “I can’t wait to get back on the track at Exhibition Place in Toronto. As a Canadian I love coming here to race on this wicked track. It’s an awesome event and the crowd is very passionate about motor racing, plus the added bonus of it being a home race for me and the other fellow Canucks.” mentioned James. Just in time for the race too comes good news for the James Dayson camp. It is with great excitement that they announce his new sponsor joining in time for the upcoming Honda Indy of Toronto.
“I couldn’t be happier to have Walter All Natural Craft Caesar Mix come on board. It is the beginning of a new partnership between myself and this awesome fast growing local Canadian company,” says James. “We will have some new opportunities and creative marketing for the brand to help them grow through our sponsorship agreement.”
Walter Caesar, now joins Dayhu Group of Companies, Elite Performance and Axium Capital proudly sponsoring James Dayson and his USF2000 season.
“The Walter team, as proud Canadians and sports lovers, are very excited to be teaming up with a local Canadian athlete James Dayson as a sponsor and supporter of motor sports. James’ passion for racing is inspiring and contagious and we look forward to teaming up with him to spread the word about his amazing sport and team,” Zack Silverman, co-founder and owner of Walter commented. “All of us at Walter are long time racing fans so working with James and his team was a unique way for us get more involved in a sport we have always enjoyed. At the same time, we want Walter as a brand to be involved in fun and engaging community events that bring people together — and we think auto racing is definitely that — so we hope our involvement will help more people learn about Walter.”
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Sheboygan, WI – As the calendar year draws to a close, ArmsUp Motorsports has signed two of their four drivers to contest in the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Seventeen-year-old American racer Peter Portante and 35-year-old Canadian racer James Dayson will join the Wisconsin-based team for the season’s entirety.
Portante raced with AUM previously in 2013 in the SCCA Runoffs and ended the season on a high note, winning the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs from the pole position. After starting racing in go karts in 2003 at age seven, Portante participated in the Skip Barber Racing School Summer Series in 2012. With his sights set on IndyCar, the Connecticut native then joined the Mazda Road to Indy in 2013 for a full season effort with Belardi Auto Racing in the USF2000 Championship. With two podium finishes, Portante finished in the top 10 of the final championship standings.
“This will be my second year in USF2000, and the only reason to return is to win the championship,” said a determined Portante. “I believe ArmsUp Motorsports gives me the best chance to do it. I have been able to race with AUM in the Runoffs, and it was a fantastic experience. I think it will really help speed up the learning period with the team. It’s really a great group of guys and I know we will surprise a lot of people. This is my second year in this series, and it’s down to business. I want to spend as much time as I can with the Cooper Tire girls on the podium.”
For Dayson there will be a sense of familiar for the approaching season, with a full year racing with ArmsUp in USF2000 under his belt. The Vancouver resident earned nine second-place finishes in the National Class, a class within the series allowing the opportunity to advance to the main Championship Class. Starting in 2014, the series will feature only the Championship Class, adding to the level of already intense competition. Unlike most of his competition, Dayson started his racing career at age 33. He went on to clinch the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest National Class Championship before signing with AUM for a full USF2000 season in 2013.
“I’m excited to be returning for my third year in USF2000,” said Dayson. “It’s a great series that is very well run and operated by Andersen Promotions. The fact that there is only one class now means I have to step up my game. I’m looking forward to the challenge and to keep pushing myself and improving. 2014 is going to be my biggest challenge yet. The last two years in the National Class were great for my experience and learning, and I’m now ready to compete at the same level as everyone else and see what I can do.
“One of the best parts for me about my return is getting to compete with ArmsUp for a third consecutive year. The support I’ve got from the team has been above and beyond what I could ask for and I look forward to having another year to build upon our successes from the past two seasons. Racing with ArmsUp is simply fun. They are a very professional team that takes great pride in what they do. The fit couldn’t be any better. I can’t wait to get back in the car and start 2014 already.”
“2014 is really going to be a strong year for us,” said ArmsUp Motorsports owner Gregg Borland. “Both of these drivers are dedicated to continuous development. They saw improvement with each race in 2013, and we fully plan on capitalizing on that for 2014. We’ve got an impressive driver lineup taking shape and a strong, dedicated crew. With this, we have a strong chance to win races next year. We’re working hard to put the finishing touches on our 2014 USF2000 program and hope to have more exciting news soon.”
The 14-race season will be comprised of five double-headers, one tripleheader and one solo event. The first race of the 2014 season begins March 29-30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
About ArmsUp Motorsports
Based in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, ArmsUp Motorsports is a full service prep shop for Formula Continentals, Formula Atlantics, and Vintage racing cars. The team just celebrated their first Vintage race win of the season at Road America. For more information please visit the official ArmsUp website at www.ArmsUpMotorsports.com.