Dalziel set for Road America return Orlando, Florida (August 17, 2005) -- Three weeks on from his first American Le Mans Series ("ALMS") GT1 podium finish, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is raring to strap back in behind the wheel of the Pacific Coast...
Dalziel set for Road America return
Orlando, Florida (August 17, 2005) -- Three weeks on from his first American Le Mans Series ("ALMS") GT1 podium finish, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is raring to strap back in behind the wheel of the Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R and build on the team's Portland promise alongside team-mate Alex Figge.
The 23-year-old gets his chance this weekend, 19th-21st August, as the seventh round of the ALMS, the 'Generac 500', is hosted at one of North America's premier road racing circuits -- Road America. The challenging 4.048-mile track is home to Sunday's 2-hour 45-minute sports car charge with Dalziel and Figge competing in the GT1 division, just one of four classes fighting for glory.
Previewing this weekend's action Dalziel commented:
"I think Sunday's race is going to be a lot of fun. Road America's a big wide-open, long circuit which will suit our form of racing. We head into the event having tested there a couple of months ago so we have a good base set-up from which we can work from and develop as the weekend progresses. I love the track, I've won there before and it would be great to grab another podium!"
Ryan is no stranger to success at Road America having dominated last season's Toyota Atlantic Championship meeting at the Elkhart Lake circuit. Locked in a title battle, ironically enough against his current team, Dalziel shattered the lap record to claim pole before going on to secure a flag-to-flag victory. The young Scot's win was all the more remarkable as he bounced back from a car-wrecking incident in testing earlier in the week, brake failure proving to be the culprit.
Having switched from open-wheel competition to the American Le Mans Series for 2005, both Ryan and PCM have realistic expectations heading into this weekend's 'Generac 500'. While a class win would rely on something catastrophic happening to both the seemingly indestructible factory-backed Corvette C6-R's, Ryan and Alex proved last time out in Portland the aging Corvette C5-R can still run competitively and reliably, their efforts rewarded with a third place podium finish -- the first of the season for the rookie team.
The Generac 500 at Road America, Round 7 of the 2005 ALMS, is set for 3pm EDT Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:55pm EDT Saturday. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com.