Homestead: SAMAX Motorsport race report

Zogaib and Dalziel take top ten at Homestead Homestead, FL --(March 30, 2008)-- Henri Zogaib and Ryan Dalziel scored a tenth place Daytona Prototype class result with the No. 2 Cigarette Racing/The Miami Garage Samax Motorsport BMW after ...

Zogaib and Dalziel take top ten at Homestead

Homestead, FL --(March 30, 2008)-- Henri Zogaib and Ryan Dalziel scored a tenth place Daytona Prototype class result with the No. 2 Cigarette Racing/The Miami Garage Samax Motorsport BMW after an eventful GAINSCO Grand Prix at Homestead Miami Speedway on Saturday. The Homestead race marked the debut outing for the Dinan-prepared BMW powerplant for Samax Motorsport, and was also the first appearance for the Zogaib-Dalziel driver line up.

Starting from seventeenth on the forty-six car grid, Zogaib got off to a flying start, picking up positions literally left and right in his opening stint. Zogaib was looking to convert the pace he had demonstrated in testing at the facility in February into another career Daytona Prototype top ten as a large group of supporters cheered him on from the Samax pits. His forward charge was hampered when he had to take evasive action to avoid a slow GT in the high-speed first corner, wisely electing to stay on the oval section of the track instead of potentially getting ensnared in a gravel trap.

"The car was amazing-the best I've ever driven, and I was just charging forward out there," said Zogaib. "I was really happy to be able to move up like we did early on. It is a shame we had that mishap with the GT car, but that's racing. Ryan did a fantastic job and really showed he's a fighter, it was fun to watch him out there."

Zogaib turned the car over to Dalziel, who was not on the lead lap so had some work ahead of him. But the Scottish racer put his head down and kept the forward progress going for the Cigarette Racing Team-liveried machine, closing out the two hour and forty five minute race with a top ten finish after setting some remarkably quick times on the heavily trafficked 2.3-mile oval based road course.

-credit: samax

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Henri Zogaib