Dalziel brothers target class success in Miami Orlando, Florida (March 21, 2006) -- Scottish racing brothers Ryan and John Dalziel hope to find themselves battling at the front of their respective classes this weekend, 24-25th March, as they...
Dalziel brothers target class success in Miami
Orlando, Florida (March 21, 2006) -- Scottish racing brothers Ryan and John Dalziel hope to find themselves battling at the front of their respective classes this weekend, 24-25th March, as they take to the grid for the third round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the 'Grand Prix of Miami'.
Ryan takes to the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Pacific Coast Motorsports #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype he shares alongside American team-mate Alex Figge. Despite being classed as a 'rookie' in the ultra-competitive Daytona Prototype class, Dalziel has showcased his talent and racing maturity against an impressive line-up of sports car racers.
The 23-year-old Scot has successfully placed the PCM-entry at the front of the field in the opening races of the 2006 season, running as high as second in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January and again charging towards a podium finish in Mexico City earlier this month before electrical problems thwarted his challenge with ten laps remaining.
Despite the misfortunes that have denied Ryan a finish reflective of his on-track prowess, he's confident that this weekend's 'Grand Prix of Miami' can see a turn of events for the Pacific Coast Motorsports squad.
"I'm pretty sure we'll continue to have the pace to challenge at the front," he stated before heading to Miami. "We had a positive couple of days testing the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley at Phoenix last week and I'm confident we'll be able to carry that momentum into this weekend's race. We're definitely one of the strongest Pontiac-powered teams and we've proven how competitive we can be already this season. We just need to keep working hard and with a bit of lady luck hopefully we can score the result we deserve on Saturday."
While younger brother Ryan challenges in the Daytona Prototype division, this weekend's 'Grand Prix of Miami' sees John Dalziel take his first race start of 2006 in the GT class Returning to Grand American competition courtesy of Peter Baron's SAMAX squad, John will partner with England's Robert Bell behind the wheel of the #17 Porsche GT3 Cup car.
Dalziel and Bell are no strangers to each other having previously raced against one another in the junior open-wheel formulae back in Britain. John is similarly acquainted with the Florida-based SAMAX team having made his Rolex Sports Car Series debut with them last June at the Daytona International Speedway. On that occasion John shared driving duties with Ryan and together the Dalziel brothers captured a third place GT podium finish.
Co-incidentally it was Peter Baron who gave Ryan Dalziel his first-ever Rolex Sports Car Series start, again in the GT class, also at the 'Grand Prix of Miami'.JLooking ahead to his GT return John commented:
"Needless to say I'm really looking forward to racing this weekend and I'd like to thank Peter and SAMAX for the opportunity to join them once again. I'm new to the track at Homestead-Miami so I'll be in at the deep end a little but the same applied to my last outing at Daytona and we ended up scoring a podium there! I know Robert's a quick and capable racer so I'm looking forward to competing with him as opposed to against him for the first time in my career. Ultimately I'm excited to be back in the Rolex Sports Car Series as it's about as entertaining as racing gets!"
Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami takes place on Friday evening with Saturday's 250-mile race starting at 6:30pm EST. SPEED Channel will broadcast the race as a tape-delay later that evening at 8pm EST.
Live timing and scoring can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com