Birmingham: Ryan Dalziel preview

Dalziel to pull double-duty at Barber Motorsports Park Orlando, Florida (July 24, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel follows a month-long race drought with back-to-back races this weekend, 28th-30th July, as the Grand American Cup and Rolex Sports...

Dalziel to pull double-duty at Barber Motorsports Park

Orlando, Florida (July 24, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel follows a month-long race drought with back-to-back races this weekend, 28th-30th July, as the Grand American Cup and Rolex Sports Car Series head to the stunning Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

The 24-year-old will make his first career start in the 200-mile Grand-Am Cup race on Saturday before Sunday's 250-mile Rolex Sports Car Series event. Dalziel will partner with Cup racer Valerie Limoges from Canada on Saturday, racing the #4 Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang GT, before returning to his regular-season ride sharing Pacific Coast Motorsports #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype with American Alex Figge.

While July's been a quiet month in terms of racing, Ryan's kept active behind the wheel of the #89 Pontiac Riley in preparation for a busy end to the season with the final four races of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series unfolding over the next five weeks. Tests earlier this month at Barber Motorsports Park and the equally impressive Miller Motorsports Park in Utah have allowed the Orlando-resident to stay sharp as together with Figge he aims to power Pacific Coast Motorsports into the championship top-ten.

Currently sitting in 11th place, the Californian team enjoyed three-straight top-ten finishes heading into the last round at Daytona International Speedway at the end of June. A second place podium in May's Phoenix race is, to-date, the highlight of the campaign with Ryan and Alex backing that up with a tenth place finish at Watkins Glen and a sixth place effort at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Their points scoring streak came to an abrupt halt at Daytona last time out as an early 'off' resulted in a prolonged trip to the pits -- the #89 car eventually taking the checkered down in 16th.

Moving on to this weekend's race in Alabama, Ryan's first taste of the 2.3-mile road course at Barber Motorsports Park came in November 2004 as he spent two days at the facility testing a 750bhp Champ Car with PKV Racing.

Looking ahead to his return and pulling double-duty this weekend Ryan said:

"I'm looking forward to a busy weekend. It's my first start in the Grand-Am Cup Series driving alongside Valerie; I'm really keen to see how the Ford Mustang GT drives. Following that it's back into the Daytona Prototype for Sunday's race. Barber's a fun track to drive and we're heading there armed with some useful information following our test earlier this month. We need to turn things around again and get four strong results to finish the season."

Saturday's Grand-Am Cup race at Barber Motorsports Park is scheduled for 2:15pm local time with Sunday's race due to kick off at 2pm local time with TV coverage broadcast live on SPEED Channel at 3pm EST. Timing and scoring can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com

-www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge , Valérie Limoges