Opening lap contact ruins Pacific Coast's Barber challenge Birmingham, Alabama (July 30, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports' ...
Opening lap contact ruins Pacific Coast's Barber challenge
Birmingham, Alabama (July 30, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype, driven by Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel, was put behind the eight-ball frustratingly early in today's 'Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant' at Barber Motorsports Park with the team dropping eight laps in the pits following contact to finish the 250-mile race down in 20th.
Located in Birmingham, Alabama, the 2.3-mile track was bathed in sunshine this afternoon as the 25-strong Daytona Prototype field took the start of the 2-hour 45-minute race but it wasn't long before Pacific Coast Motorsports day would take a turn for the worse. Gunning for position on the opening lap, Alex Figge, who started tenth, found himself slammed from behind by the #58 Brumos Porsche, driven by David Donohue, the PCM racer in turn making contact with the car directly ahead of him.
Figge headed straight to the pits where the crew quickly evaluated the damage to be severe enough to merit a lap-sapping trip behind the wall. What initially appeared to be just a punctured radiator soon involved the team replacing much of the rear bodywork, the front nose and of course the radiator. The real damage was done with the team losing eight laps on the leaders executing the repairs.
With numerous full course cautions disrupting the flow of the race, Alex Figge again showcased the pace of the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley, setting front-running times but sadly helpless to make an impact on proceedings languishing eight laps down. The Californian remained behind the wheel for the majority of the race before handing over to Ryan Dalziel to run to the flag with forty minutes remaining. An uneventful ending saw the Scotsman take the checkered a frustrating 20th.
Reflecting on events at Barber PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic commented, "Well ultimately we had a good car here today but just didn't have the opportunity to benefit from that fact courtesy of the actions of the #58 Brumos Porsche. Alex did a great job when he got back out on track. It's disappointing not to have a better finish but that's the way it goes I guess. It just makes us even hungrier for success and we'll go for it again with the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley at Watkins Glen in a couple of weeks."
Alex Figge shared Tadevic's remarks, "We could have been up there given the pace in the car but our race was done before it began thanks to the opening lap contact. The car was quick but when you're eight laps down on the leaders there's not much you can do!" Ryan Dalziel echoed those sentiments, "There wasn't much for me to do other than steer the car home to the finish. It's a real shame as we realistically had a top-six car here all weekend."
The 'Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant', Round 11 of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, was won by the #76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Colin Braun.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series heads back to Watkins Glen, New York for Round 12, the 'Crown Royal 200 at The Glen', Thursday 10th -- Friday 11th August. Full results and standings can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com