Homestead: Pacific Coast Motorsports preview

Pace and progress key to PCM's Miami challenge Ventura, California (March 21, 2006) -- Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the third round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series this weekend, 23rd-25th March, as Pacific Coast ...

Pace and progress key to PCM's Miami challenge

Ventura, California (March 21, 2006) -- Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the third round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series this weekend, 23rd-25th March, as Pacific Coast Motorsports ('PCM') readies itself for the 'Grand Prix of Miami'. Campaigning the team's #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype, Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel have their sights set firmly on a result indicative of the front-running pace demonstrated by the Californian squad already this year.

A retirement as an 'early-hours' casualty of the opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and an 11th place finish in Mexico City last time out gives a false statement on the progress and pace demonstrated by PCM as they contest their 'rookie' season in the Daytona Prototype division. Despite January's Daytona race effectively serving as a lesson in 24 hour endurance racing PCM showed its potential by moving from mid-pack to the top-two within the early stages of the race, including a lead lap, before mechanical issues sidelined their performance.

Mexico City, held earlier this month, again saw the team ignore their 'rookie' status as the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley comfortably held station as a top-six contender throughout practice, qualifying and the majority of the 250-mile race before an electrical problem at the end turned a potential podium result into an 11th place finish at the checkered.

The team responded with more of the hard work and dedication that has come to represent the championship-winning pedigree at PCM. A productive couple of days testing at Phoenix last week has Team Director Tyler Tadevic pumped heading into Saturday's 'Grand Prix of Miami' on the 2.3-mile road course at the Homestead-Miami Speedway:

"We made some gains right across the board with our test last week, from chassis and motor through to our aerodynamic development. We've made significant strides with our motor program since we last tested at Homestead as well so I'm sure we'll be more on the pace when we race there this weekend. Every time we go out we learn something and we get better which helps our understanding of the package. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this weekend, the prowess of the drivers is matched by the crew so hopefully we can be right up there at the finish with the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley."

Qualifying for Round 3 is set for Friday at 6:30pm EST with Saturday's 250-mile race starting at 6:30pm EST. SPEED Channel will cover all the action with the race shown as a tape delay starting at 8pm EST on Saturday evening. Live timing and scoring can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge