Promising Daytona Performance Provides Motivation for Dylan Murry
Photo Credit: Brian Cleary
Dylan Murry pilots the Wynn’s Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 around the road course portion of Daytona International Raceway.
CUMMING, Ga. (February 1, 2019) – While the end result was clearly not what Dylan Murry had preferred following IMSA’s 2019 season opener at Daytona International Speedway last week, the 18-year-old Georgia driver still managed a smile upon exiting his Wynn’s Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4.
“It actually was a frustrated smile because I knew the car was capable of winning the race,” he said. “Had it not been for an oil cooler leak late in the race – when we were running third – I felt very confident that we could challenge for the win. While I was disappointed that the race ended a bit early, our performance really gave me confidence for the rest of the year.”
Murry, along with co-drivers Jim Cox and Jeroen Bleekemolen, had the Mercedes in contention virtually from the start of the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.
After Murry topped the leaderboard in final practice, Cox qualified 15th on the grid and kept the car clean during his one and only stint before handing the wheel over to Bleekemolen, who quickly worked his way up through the field into the top five. Murry then took the controls with two hours to go and eventually claimed third, before the oil cooler issue ended the team’s day.
“The team confirmed that it was a rock that hit the oil cooler and punctured it,” said Murry. “Despite the bad luck, I can’t say enough great things about Riley Motorsports. They are truly one powerful team.”
Murry and Cox will now turn their attention to the next event on the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge schedule – the two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network race at Sebring International Raceway – Friday, March 15.
“Given our performance at Daytona, I’m anxious to get to Sebring,” said Murry. “I’m actually going to be doing double duty at Sebring. I will also be driving the MLT Motorsports Ligier LMP3 in the Prototype Challenge race on Thursday (March 14) with co-driver Mike Thompson. That should be very exciting.”
NBCSN will provide tape-delayed coverage of the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona race on Wednesday, February 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Racer Dylan Murry Announces 2019 Schedule
CUMMING, Ga. (December 6, 2018) – The 2019 racing season will clearly be a hectic one for Dylan Murry as he has announced plans to compete in three different series.
The Cumming, Georgia resident has already committed to full time rides in both the IMSA Prototype Challenge and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and he’ll also be looking to run some select NASCAR races.
“I’m really excited about next year,” said Murry, the son of former sports car world champion David Murry. “To be able to drive different types of race cars will be an unbelievable experience.”
Murry is set to drive a new Ligier P3 car in the IMSA Prototype Challenge for MLT Motorsports with co-driver Mike Thompson.
“In October, we tested the LMP3 at Road Atlanta and it was unbelievably fast and thrilling,” offered Murry. “The car is far different than what I’ve been used to. I started to look around and say to myself, ‘this is actually a REALLY fast car and I wouldn’t want anything to happen.’”
In the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Murry will again team with co-driver Jim Cox, but the new season will bring a new team and a new car.
“Jim and I will be driving a Mercedes-AMG GT4 for Riley Motorsports,” said Murry. “Of course, Riley Motorsports is considered one of the leading teams in IMSA. We really can’t wait to start testing.”
Relative to running some NASCAR races, Murry is expecting to finalize funding for same real soon.
“We are actively working on marketing partners and hope to announce something in the near term,” he said. “Our goal is to run with a top level team.”
The last race of the season in was in the BGB Motorsports Group Porsche Cayman GT4 at Road Atlanta during the Petit Le Mans weekend. It was filled with emotions; both good and bad. Practice on Wednesday brought lots of frustration. The car was oversteering on transition corners, and nothing seemed to fix it. Come Thursday, the same problem still existed. After another practice session, we found out that the car was bottoming out in the rear just enough to where I couldn’t really feel it. We raised the ride height and it was all fixed. Now that it is solved, we had only one 45 minute practice left to put the hammer down on set up. The BGB crew worked super hard with sweat dripping down their faces all day. After all that hard work, we got the car very close to the balance that it needed for the race. I was very impressed with how quickly we were able to get the car ready.
In the race, Jim Cox started and I finished. Jim did a great job staying out of trouble and working up the field car by car. There was a caution just after the 45 minute mark in the 2 hour race. We took that opportunity to do a driver change, fill up on fuel, and put four new tires on. I went out and worked my way up to 4th place out of 38 cars. With about 19 minutes to go, I could start to see a Mustang approaching me from behind. I knew he had a little more grip and torque than me, but I had a faster top speed. He caught me with 15 minutes to go. We were racing very hard and very close for the position. We were nose to tail for almost 10 minutes straight. He finally tried to go to the right of me coming out of turn 3. Running side by side all the way down the esses at Road Atlanta, neither one of us were going to give an inch. Coming out of turn 5, we were still even, but then his torque pulled him away from me. I still didn’t give up because I knew I had a faster trap speed. Coming out of turn 7, I got a good run and pulled beside him. Once again, we were side by side all the way down the back straight. Braking into turn 10, he got around me. We caught lapped traffic. He got around them just before the corner, and I was held up.
With 4 laps to go, we were still running great, then my left front tire popped coming out of T10B. I came into pit lane to change it, and went back out on track. After I got on track, race control came on our radio and said I ran over our air hose. We had to do a drive through penalty on the last lap. We lost many positions and ended up finishing 19th in GS.
It was a very eventful year and I learned so much from all of this. I can’t thank Jim Cox enough for this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to next year with Jim and all the future rides that come from this. Thank you Jim!
BGB worked extraordinarily hard every single time we were at the track. This year would not have been possible without their help. Thank you John Tecce and the rest of the crew for all of the hard work you put in this year. I am proud to have my IMSA debut with them.
I’m looking forward to my next race, which will be on January 6 at Daytona International Speedway in the Ligier LMP3 with Dr. Mike Thompson.
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My first two days in an LMP3 were incredibly fun! I was not expecting it to have that much grip. It was two full days of testing at Road Atlanta, and I have to say, that car is truly incredible. The first half day was all for Dr. Mike Thompson (the owner) and me to learn the car. After that, it was all about working with John Bobbitt and ESM (Scott Sharp’s team) to make changes on the car to figure out what is fast, and what isn’t. After making several changes to the new car - from mechanical grip to aerodynamic grip - the car was respectively faster. We still had the long gear box in the car; for Road Atlanta, the shorter box is much faster. Therefore, the car was slightly slow accelerating out of slow speed corners.All in all, it was a very fun two days and an excellent learning experience for me. MLT Motorsports asked for me to race for them with Dr. Thompson in the Prototype Challenge series in that #54 LMP3 car full season next year. I am very excited to already have two full time rides in IMSA next year, with the Michelin Pilot Challenge and Jim Cox as the other series. I am still working on getting more races in the NASCAR side of things. We are working on partners for next year to achieve more. It’s going to be very busy for me at the track. A good busy though!One week from today is the final race of the season at Road Atlanta. I will be racing in the #38 BGB Motorsports Cayman GT4 on the Friday before Petit Le Mans. I’m looking forward to it and hope to end the season with a great result.Check out the video's below of the MLT P3 Ligier at Road Atlanta!
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Last week, we learned that Mid Ohio was a race track, just not our race track. The bad luck started out when half of our test days were snowed out a couple of weeks ago, and ended with a mechanical issue in the race. Last Thursday and were all practice, with qualifying and race . was just one 2 hour practice session. There was a minor oil leak coming from the transmission, and a small vibration. The team decided not to push our luck in practice and called it quits for . After changing a couple of things Thursday night, we decided to give it another shot . The vibration was still there and the car was still leaking oil from the PDK transmission. Other than the mechanical issues, we were fastest in practice until the end, when two other cars barely beat my time and ended up 3rd fastest in practice over all. I was able to get up to speed quickly and our car works well in the wet and the dry and I showed that despite this being my first time racing at Mid Ohio. That night, after all of the practice was over, the team chose to put in a brand new transmission in the car fearing that whatever decisions made would leave little time from which to react if that didn’t solve it. On in , Jim Cox went out to qualify and said that the car was balanced perfect and the vibration was completely gone with no oil leak either. Our hopes were very high after qualifying. In the race, however, it did not go the same as qualifying. About 20 minutes into the race, the car went into limp mode and stopped on the track due to an overheated transmission. It turned out that the header developed a small crack and starting blowing exhaust gas onto the transmission cooler. We did not get to finish the race. It was a disappointing weekend to end it after having such a great car that was top 3 in practice. I’m looking forward to going on to the next race in Watkins Glen in late June. I’m confident that we will have the same great handling car, just with a little better luck.
Thanks to DSC shocks for the support. Wish the rules would allow us to run those in our racecar, what an advantage it would be.
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My second IMSA Continental Tire series race is now complete! This one was a 2 hour race at Sebring International Raceway. We left for Sebring a week early for David Murry Track Days, where I was coaching someone in a Corvette. We had Monday and Tuesday off, so on Tuesday, we went for an airboat ride on Lake Istokpoga. After having a little non-racing fun, we had practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Here are 16 minutes of highlights of our BGB Porsche GT4 MR from the FS1 broadcast of Daytona IMSA CT race. We got some airtime, hope you enjoy. BGB Porsche GT4 MR #38, drivers Jim Cox, Dylan Murry, David Murry
Aside from a little bad luck with cautions, my IMSA debut was a fantastic experience, especially being able to have my dad as my teammate, along with the car owner, Jim Cox. Team BGB got a lot of media coverage and press releases. It was a great weekend for exposure. It started off with two practice sessions on Wednesday. Mr. Cox started the first practice, then I got in and finished it. In the second practice, I got in to start and left it to Mr. Cox finish off the day. Thursday was just a fifteen minute practice directly followed by a fifteen minute qualifying session. Mr. Cox did both of those. We ended up qualifying 22nd out of 30 cars in class.
On race day (Friday), we had a team meeting in the morning to prepare for the race. Since it was a four hour race, we had to make four pit stops. Mr. Cox started the race and did two stints. He held his position for the first part of the race. Picking off cars one by one, he gave me the car in P17. We had to make that pit stop under green because we were running really low on fuel. As soon as I got out on the track, a caution came out. Because other people did not pit yet, we went to the back of the field and restarted in 26th, still on the lead lap. I got stuck on the outside on the restart and got caught on the outside. After that, I worked my way up to 10th place before we had to pit for gas. Once we pitted, I got out of the car, and my dad got in to finish. Once again, we pitted under green and the next lap, a caution came out. This time we weren’t so lucky. Another car was on a different pit strategy and my dad came out of pit lane right behind him. When the caution came out, we were not ahead of the leader, so we didn’t get the wave around. We were never able to get our lap back and ended up finishing 17th in class and over all.
We are now in Sebring for the David Murry Track Days event to test the car for the next race. I am looking forward to my second Continental Tire race in March at Sebring (2 hour race) with Mr. Cox and BGB Motorsports.
This weekend was fantastic! It was the final race of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway on the road course. We went into the race knowing that I had already locked up the championship, so most of the pressure was off. The will to win, however, was still there. We were fastest over all in practice, which gave me a bit of confidence going into the race. There was a heat race (instead of qualifying), and a feature race. I drew to start 3rd in the heat race. I passed the car on the outside front row going into turn one. He stayed pretty close to my rear bumper for the rest of the race. Still trying to hold him off, I made a pass for the lead. I held the lead and won the heat race. The video here is from the heat race which was short and intense.
In the feature, I held the lead throughout the race. The cars were running side by side behind me, so I was able to pull away. I ended up winning the race by two seconds.
I had to jump on out of my sweaty racing suit, and into a real suit to go to the awards banquet that night. In the banquet, I was awarded my 12th championship, accompanied by the “President’s Award” presented by Mr. Ed Clark, President of Atlanta Motor Speedway. I am very humbled by this award. I never saw it coming, and it’s truly an honor to receive it.
This year has been very amazing and a great experience. To be able to receive the help to get two K&N races with Logan Zimmerman Racing, and a chance to race at the infamous Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, has really amazed me. I am looking forward to seeing what comes my way in 2018 with a lot of hard work ahead. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my career including the Go Fund Me donors, Turtle Wax, The Gorsline Company, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Case•it, Simcraft, Craig Stanton keeping me fit, those having me drive their race cars on track, and many many others. I could not be writing this race report without you.
Ken Ragan presents "Pro Legends Championship" Ed Clark presents "President's Award"
Video- Atlanta Motor Speedway Legends heat race December 2, 2017- short & sweet
Video- "Thank you"
Last weekend went great! Buckling down the second K&N race of the year, we were up in Watkins Glen all weekend. I had so much fun with my dad as one of my spotters. It was a great learning experience and an unforgettable weekend. Learning how to boogie a stock car around a road course was very fun. It was a one day show with the K&N race on Friday, Xfinity on Saturday, and Monster Energy Cup on Sunday.