Birmingham: Pacific Coast Motorsports DP preview

Pacific Coast Motorsports raring for Barber challenge Ventura, California (July 24, 2006) -- This weekend's 'Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant', Round 11 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, sees Pacific Coast Motorsports ...

Pacific Coast Motorsports raring for Barber challenge

Ventura, California (July 24, 2006) -- This weekend's 'Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant', Round 11 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, sees Pacific Coast Motorsports return to action with the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype at the stunning Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, 28th-30th July.

Despite not racing since the end of June, July has been a busy month for the Ventura-based crew of the #89 car and its drivers Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel. With tests at Barber Motorsports Park, in preparation for this weekend's 250-mile race, and an additional outing at the equally spectacular Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, as a foretaste of the season-ending 9-hour endurance race there, the past few weeks have been as frantic as the up-coming dates on the calendar with the four remaining races playing out in just five weeks.

Dalziel and Figge will be keen to use this weekend's race on the 2.3-mile road course at Barber to recapture the form that led to three straight top-ten finishes before the last round at the Daytona International Speedway at the end of June. Having captured a second place podium finish in Phoenix in May, the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley followed that up with a tenth place finish at Watkins Glen and a sixth place run to the flag in Mid-Ohio.

Firmly on a roll and delivering the kind of pace and performance threatened throughout the first half of the season, PCM's points-scoring run came to an end last time out at Daytona as an early race 'off' cost valuable time in the pits for repairs, Figge and Dalziel eventually taking a disappointing 16th place finish to bring to a close a hectic few weeks of Rolex Sports Car Series competition.

With the final four races of the season sharing an equally tight time-frame between now and the start of September, the rookie Daytona Prototype team has its sights set firmly on breaking into the top-ten in the championship standings as they currently sit on the outside looking in, tantalizingly close in 11th place.

Tyler Tadevic, PCM Team Director:

"I can't wait to get back into the heat of competition this weekend. Daytona was certainly a set-back in terms of the end result compared to the previous races but we're only looking forward now in terms of putting together a strong run in the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley through to Miller Motorsports Park at the end of August for the season finale.

"We've learnt a lot from our first year of Daytona Prototype competition and that was certainly reflected in what were pretty successful tests this month at Barber and Miller. Everyone performed well and we'll look to carry that momentum into the closing stages of the championship starting this weekend."

Ryan Dalziel:

"For starters I love Barber Motorsports Park. I tested a Champ Car there at the end of the 2004 season and was blown away by the facilities at the venue. It's a fun track to drive and we're heading there this weekend armed with some useful information following our test earlier this month. Our last race in the #89 car was a real disappointment, not least following the string of results we'd put together. We need to turn things around again and get four strong results to finish the season."

Alex Figge:

"I'm excited to be going racing again. June was a crazy month with plenty of action and while we've been kept busy testing this month you can't beat the thrill of competing. Barber's certainly going to present us all with some challenges and it's a track that's pretty hard to pass at which really puts an emphasis on qualifying well! I'm looking forward to getting out there and delivering the kind of results I know we're capable of as a team!"

Sunday's 250-mile race at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama kicks off at 2pm local time with TV coverage broadcast live on SPEED Channel at 3pm EST. Timing and scoring can also be found online at: www.grandamerican.com

-PCM

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge