PCM to debut Daytona Prototype in Mexican finale Ventura, California (November 01, 2005) - Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") returns to active duty this weekend with the Ventura-based squad set to make its Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series...
PCM to debut Daytona Prototype in Mexican finale
Ventura, California (November 01, 2005) - Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") returns to active duty this weekend with the Ventura-based squad set to make its Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series debut at the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit in Mexico City, 4th-5th November.
Saturday's 250-mile race, the fourteenth and final round of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series, will reunite PCM's regular driver pairing of Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel behind the wheel of the team's all new #89 Ironclad-backed Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype.
While the team announced its plans to run a full-time Daytona Prototype entry in 2006 back in September, they also stated their desire to contest this year's season finale in Mexico City subject to taking delivery of their Pontiac Riley.
PCM subsequently took possession of the new car just two weeks ago and the crew's tireless dedication to get up and running as quickly as possible allowed them to squeeze in two days testing at Putnam Park followed by two more days at Buttonwillow before the team's transporter was packed up and sent to the border on Saturday.
"I'm delighted we've been able to get our Daytona Prototype program together in time to debut in Mexico," enthused PCM Team Director, Tyler Tadevic. "We've worked some ridiculous hours to get this far but we need to get up to speed as quickly as possible in such a competitive category. Our participation this weekend is a real bonus and it gives us valuable track time as we look ahead to January's Rolex 24 at Daytona and the full 2006 schedule."
Tadevic continued, "We can't wait to get back to doing what PCM does best - racing! We're all excited by the level of competition in the Rolex Sports Car Series and we've put together a crack team to help us compete. I'm really pleased that we're able to extend our relationship with Ironclad as they come on board as our primary sponsor for this weekend's race. As a leader in high-end, task-specific gloves, Ironclad share's our commitment to succeed.
"Similarly, in Alex and Ryan we have a tremendous driver line-up and I'm thrilled that we have Paul Hasselgren and his engineering team working with us on our Pontiac engine program. It's been a real challenge to get the motors ready in time for Mexico but we enjoyed a productive test together at Buttonwillow."
Teaming up for the eighth time this season, Alex Figge (23) and Ryan Dalziel (23) are equally excited to make their Daytona Prototype career starts this weekend.
"I'm pumped," Figge remarked. "I wasn't sure if we'd be back in action this season so I'm thrilled to be back behind the wheel and I'm confident we'll do a good job despite our lack of track time with the Pontiac Riley. I don't think we're under any illusion about just how competitive the championship is but we've always performed well as a team and this gives us a chance to race the car in anger prior to the 'off-season'."
The Californian's team-mate, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, is no stranger to the Rolex Sports Car Series having taken several GT-class starts throughout the year, the highlight undoubtedly a podium finish alongside his brother John back in June at Daytona International Raceway. Having seen the Daytona Prototype's up-close and personal, the Orlando-based Scot is relishing the opportunity to finally race one.
After the team's recent test Dalziel commented, "The car is a lot of fun to drive and it hasn't been given the credit it deserves. It's a very physical car and not too dissimilar to an open-wheel racer in the way that it handles. There was only so much we could do in testing before heading to Mexico. I think we're in fairly good shape but we'll be focusing on our own set of objectives. It's our first race in the category and with limited testing we're on a steep learning curve that's for sure. That said this is a great team and I'm sure we'll take a lot from the event and put it to good use ahead of Daytona."
Summarizing PCM's expectations Tyler Tadevic said, "I'm sure we're going to be under the microscope a little as we're actively tendering offers to run a second car in next season's championship. With that in mind we're seizing this opportunity to run the final race of the year, our ideal goal is a top ten finish, anything higher than that would be perfect!"
Qualifying for Round 14 of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, Mexico City, is set for Friday with Saturday's 250-mile race broadcast live on SPEED Channel starting at 4pm ET.
Live timing and scoring can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com