Homestead: Ryan Dalziel race report

Rookie racers impress in Miami Orlando, Florida (March 05, 2005) -- A broken water line eradicated any hopes of a debut GT Class victory for Ryan Dalziel and team-mate Bryan Sellers in today's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami.

Rookie racers impress in Miami

Orlando, Florida (March 05, 2005) -- A broken water line eradicated any hopes of a debut GT Class victory for Ryan Dalziel and team-mate Bryan Sellers in today's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami. While Sellers had stormed to the GT pole position in the TRG East entered No.61 Porsche 911 GT3 yesterday, the young outfit's run at the front of today's 2 hour 45 minute race on the 2.3-mile infield course at Homestead-Miami Speedway was cut short just 38 minutes into the event.

Sellers, a sports-car rookie along with Dalziel, enjoyed an early lead from pole but duly slipped down the running order as he pitted so the TRG East crew could examine the Porsche's broken water line and attempt to get the car back into the fight. The Californian returned to action several minutes later with Ryan Dalziel taking over driving duties at the halfway stage. Despite being several laps off the lead and down on power as a result of the broken water line, Dalziel continued to set comparable lap times to the leaders, the 22-year-old Scot bringing the car home 16th in class by the chequered flag.

Reflecting on his sports-car debut Dalziel commented:

"We're a bit disappointed as a team. Peter (Baron) and TRG East gave us a car that could have won the race, we just had a bit of bad luck. I'm thankful to TRG East for the chance to drive the car, and hopefully they'll invite us back!"

Bryan Sellers echoed Ryan's sentiments:

"It wasn't as good a completion as we'd wanted, but everyone did a great job. I think we just ended up a little unlucky. We were in good shape and running pretty decent laps, and Ryan and I made a good lineup. Unfortunately, things happen in racing, but we had an excellent time. We're both looking forward to doing it again."

-www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Bryan Sellers