Dalziel to race Corvette in American Le Mans Series
Orlando, Florida (March 08, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel confirmed today he will race sports-cars full time this season in the American Le Mans Series, starting with the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring next week. The 22-year-old Scottish charger will co-pilot a Corvette C5-R in the GT1 class of America's leading sports-car series for Pacific Coast Motorsports (PCM) alongside American Alex Figge.
Today's announcement brings a change of discipline for all three parties with Dalziel, Figge and PCM switching to the American Le Mans Series from open-wheel racing and in particular the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Ryan, a multiple winner and double runner-up in the Toyota Atlantic series, joins PCM having fought a season-long title battle with the California-based outfit in 2004.
While Jon Fogarty clinched the title ahead of Dalziel at the 12th and final round, Team Director Tyler Tadevic was suitably impressed with Ryan's talents and made him a priority for the team's ALMS campaign alongside regular PCM driver Alex Figge. Canada's Dave Empringham, a former Indy Lights and double Toyota Atlantic champion, will bolster the line-up for the long-distance rounds.
The PCM-entered #5 Corvette C5-R will sport primary sponsorship from home improvement retailer Menards, while PCM will also serve as Yokohama Tire Corporation's premier GT1 development and promotional team within their North American motorsports efforts.
"I'm really excited to be racing for a great team like Pacific Coast Motorsports at the highest level of North American sports-car competition," commented Dalziel. "Competing in sports-cars is a new challenge but I can't wait to make my ALMS debut next weekend in the PCM Menards-Yokohama Corvette. I'm looking forward to teaming with Alex having raced against him for the past three seasons and partnering with Dave Empringham for the endurance events."
PCM boss Tyler Tadevic is equally excited with the strength of his new driver line-up. "The fact that our three drivers have extensive experience and achieved success in Toyota Atlantic's speaks to the fact that the series does a great job preparing drivers to progress their careers to higher levels of motorsport,' said Tadevic. "With the well-developed and proven C5-R, our aggressive driver line-up and the support of Menards, we are fielding a formidable privateer effort against some big-time factory programs!"
The 53rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring heralds the start of the 2005 American Le Mans Series next Saturday, 19th March at 10:45am EST.