Drayson Racing returned to the American Le Mans Series and debuted in the Le Mans Series in 2009. The United Kingdom-based team, owned by Elspeth and Paul Drayson with Elspeth handling the day-to-day administrative operation of the programme, ran the full Le Mans Series (best finish of seventh at Spa) and debuted in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (Not Classified after an electrical issue ended the team's race after 22 hours) with the Aston Martin Vantage GT2. They switched the single car team to the No. 88 Lola Coupé powered by the Judd V10 engine for the Petit Le Mans (finished tenth) and Laguna Seca rounds of the American Le Mans Series. Drivers Paul Drayson (London/Gloucestershire, UK) and Jonny Cocker (Guisborough, Yorks, UK) showed the true potential of the team in the Asian Le Mans Series winning the overall pole position for both Race 1 and Race 2 at the Okayama Circuit in Japan. The programme led extensively in both races and won the Michelin Green X Challenge ® finishing fourth in Race 2.
Highlighting Drayson Racing's commitment to success is found in the role of Team Manager, filled by multi-time 24 Hours of Le Mans and American Le Mans Series championship-winning director Dale White (Bozeman, Mont., USA). White is the winner of the world's most prestigious sports car events including the 24 Hours of Le Mans ('03, '04), the 12 Hours of Sebring (‘05), the Petit Le Mans ('05, ‘06) and the 24 Hours of Daytona (‘01) and American Le Mans Series GT2 titles in 2005 and 2006. Drayson Racing, in conjunction with Barwell Motorsports, premiered in the British GT Championship in 2006 finishing sixth in the GT3 class. Retaining its partnership with Barwell into 2007, the programme competed with a bio-ethanol fuelled Aston Martin DBRS9. The first year driving combination of Drayson and Cocker finished second in the GT3 Driver Championship with two wins on the ‘07 season. Drayson also used an E85-powered Aston Martin to win the Night Race in the Britcar Series that same year. Continuing its dedication to 'green' technologies, Drayson and Barwell then travelled to the American Le Mans Series in 2008 for its first full season of international sports car competition with an E85-power Vantage GT2. Paul Drayson, a former member of the United Kingdom Parliament's House of Lords and former Minister for Science and Innovation in the UK Government, has long been dedicated to 'green', environmental causes. Having successfully competed in 2008 running the latest ‘Second Generation' cellulosic E85 Bio-Ethanol fuel, the team will again fuel the Lola-Judd with E85 in the American Le Mans Series and E10 in the Le Mans Series. The move the LMP1 class allows Drayson Racing to further expand its green initiatives and, throughout the 2010 season, the team will continue to pursue new innovations to advance environmental friendliness and responsibility at the highest levels of motorsport.Sources: Drayson Racing : http://www.draysonracing.com/