Mar 12, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
One of North America’s most historic sports car teams is sitting out the 2014 season, at least initially, but Dyson Racing isn’t resting as an organization.
Earlier this week the team announced the Dyson Racing Junior Development Program, designed to aid, nurture and develop young drivers. The first driver named by team sporting director Chris Dyson is 16-year-old Matt McMurry, a Skip Barber Race Series and USF2000 graduate.
“Over the past three decades our team has also nurtured the careers of a number of up-and-coming drivers, including my own,” Dyson said. “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 will compete in the full IMSA Cooper Tire Prototype Lites series this year with Performance Tech Motorsports, and he’s also had a chance to sample Greaves Motorsport’s LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan for testing.
“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.
Adds Dyson, “What impresses me the most about Matt is not how good he is for a driver his age. 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.”
Keep an eye on this name and team pairing in the weeks and months to come.