Long Beach: Ryan Dalziel preview

Dalziel keen to repeat Long Beach success Orlando, Florida (April 04, 2006) -- The streets of Long Beach, California welcome the Daytona Prototype's of the Rolex Sports Car Series this weekend, 7th-8th April, and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel can't...

Dalziel keen to repeat Long Beach success

Orlando, Florida (April 04, 2006) -- The streets of Long Beach, California welcome the Daytona Prototype's of the Rolex Sports Car Series this weekend, 7th-8th April, and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel can't wait to get there to unleash the Pacific Coast Motorsports #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley.

Dalziel, who turns 24 next Wednesday, will be hoping for an early birthday present come Saturday afternoon as he's enjoyed previous success at Long Beach, one of his favorite tracks in North America. Two years ago the Scottish racer triumphed on the 1.968-mile temporary street course in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, his season-opening pole position and subsequent flag-to-flag victory propelling him on to one of the most exciting title battles in recent memory.

While this weekend's race supports the opening round of the Champ Car World Series, 'The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach' is a stand-alone event for the Daytona Prototype division with a field of 26 cars ready to race over the shortened, 90-minute race format.

Dalziel, together with American team-mate Alex Figge, both rookies in the Daytona Prototype class, will be looking to score a finish worthy of the pace and potential reflected in their performances through the first three rounds of the 2006 season if not in their actual results. With just 45 minutes scheduled for practice on Friday morning before qualifying later in the afternoon, drivers and crews face a battle with the clock to find the perfect set-up ahead of Saturday's race.

Commenting ahead of his eagerly anticipated return to Long Beach Ryan said:

"I'm really looking forward to racing at Long Beach. It's without a doubt my favorite track on this year's schedule and I believe it should suit our car. Alex and I have both raced at Long Beach on several occasions in open-wheel and our engineers share that experience too! I think our respective backgrounds should serve us well heading into qualifying on Friday.

"It's a big weekend for us, Pacific Coast Motorsports is based in California as is our sponsor, Playboy, so we want to do well. I'm hoping we get the result we deserve following the potential we've shown in the first three races. We just have to stay out of trouble and with the race shortened to 90-minutes from our usual 2-hour 45-minute sprints, there's certainly no time to hang around. We'll see how it plays out but I can't wait to hit the track on Friday morning!"

-www.ryandalziel.com

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