Denver: Ryan Dalziel preview

Dalziel hoping to go one better in Denver This weekend's Grand Prix of Denver, 13-15th August, will stage the next gripping installment of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic title fight between series leader Jon Fogarty and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel. The ...

Dalziel hoping to go one better in Denver

This weekend's Grand Prix of Denver, 13-15th August, will stage the next gripping installment of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic title fight between series leader Jon Fogarty and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel. The momentum rests with Dalziel following wins in Cleveland, Vancouver and Road America and the streets of Denver have proved kind to the 22-year-old from Lanarkshire in the past.

Ryan's first race round the 1.65-mile temporary street circuit in 2002 netted the rookie his first series pole position. He followed that up with a second place podium finish ironically enough behind his current rival Jon Fogarty. Last season the Sierra Sierra Enterprises pilot raced the #28 ProWorks entry to another podium finish, capturing third place to include in his season high total of nine podium finishes.

With a total of four wins this season, three from the last four starts, a top-step finish in Colorado would further boost Ryan's title aspirations. Bouncing back from earlier disappointments, notably incidents in Monterrey and Milwaukee, Dalziel has chipped away at the points lead, reducing the deficit to Fogarty to just six points (239-233) departing last weekend's outing at Road America, Elkhart Lake.

Previewing Denver Dalziel commented:

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend's race in Denver. I enjoy racing on street courses and so far this season have a fairly good record on them! Denver's been kind to me in the past and I hope we maintain our relationship as I continue to focus on the points lead.

"It's been great to catch up and be in the fight this late in the season but it's a delicate situation and we have to be careful just to keep scoring points. The best way to do this is to keep winning and picking up the extra championship points in qualifying!"

Denver hosts Round 10 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship with the action kicking off tomorrow, Friday 13th, with first qualifying, followed by final qualifying on Saturday setting the grid for Sunday's 37-lap race. Further details can be found online at www.grandprixofdenver.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty