Pacific Coast Motorsports set for Mid-Ohio charge Ventura, California (June 20, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, 23rd-24th June, as the team prepares to tackle the 'EMCO Gears Classic',...
Pacific Coast Motorsports set for Mid-Ohio charge
Ventura, California (June 20, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, 23rd-24th June, as the team prepares to tackle the 'EMCO Gears Classic', Round 9 of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, with the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype.
The 2.258-mile permanent road course, situated in Lexington, Ohio is more than familiar to the Californian team as they've competed there previously in both open-wheel and sports car racing. While this year PCM team-mates Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel will duke it out at Mid-Ohio against 26 rival Daytona Prototypes, last year the former open-wheel talents partnered together at the track to take a fourth place GT1 finish as the team switched disciplines and began its foray into the fiercely competitive sports car arena.
In addition to last year's campaign, both Figge and Dalziel boast top-ten finishes at Mid-Ohio from the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship. Figge, racing for Pacific Coast Motorsports, came home eighth while his future team-mate, Dalziel, finished on the podium as runner-up to fellow Grand-Am competitor Michael Valiante.
While track knowledge is undoubtedly useful heading into Saturday evening's 2-hour 45-minute endurance sprint, momentum is also a prized possession and the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley arrives in Ohio off the back of two-straight top-ten finishes, the first of the season for Pacific Coast Motorsports, including a second place podium finish two races back in Phoenix. A tenth place score at Watkins Glen earlier this month moved the Ventura-based squad up to 11th in the team standings following a fast but equally frustrating start to their maiden Rolex Sports Car Series campaign.
Tyler Tadevic, PCM Team Director:
"We're really excited to get to Mid-Ohio for Saturday's race. I think we had a pretty good event last time out at Watkins Glen save for our call on tire strategy at the end. We should have finished higher but it was our second straight top-ten finish and it improved our points standing. Both our drivers know the Mid-Ohio track pretty well, as do our engineering staff as we all competed here together last season and previously in open-wheel."
"It's a good traditional road course and I believe it will be a place where we should be able to do really well. Going into Daytona next weekend it's important for us to come away from this weekend's race with as few scars as possible. I'm also delighted to say we'll be sporting a new livery at Mid-Ohio as Vonage have a new logo so the #89 car will have a new paint scheme when it hits the track. As always we'll be hoping for a strong result!"
"Without doubt Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is one of my favorite circuits in North America. It's a real racers circuit and it's been pretty good to me in the past so all being well that run will continue on Saturday. The #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley has been strong recently and I don't expect this weekend to be different from the likes of Phoenix or Watkins Glen. Sometimes you need a bit of lady luck in this series but I'm confident we'll be competitive and hopefully things will continue to swing our way!"
"I enjoy racing at Mid-Ohio so hopefully the good run that we've had over the past couple of events will continue into this weekend's race. Ryan and I obviously know the layout fairly well and we raced here just last year as team-mates in our rookie season in sports cars. We're back to the regular 250-mile race format following the six hour event at Watkins. As always every lap will be like a qualifying run and with the speed we've shown lately we'll hopefully be at the front-end of the action!"
Qualifying for the 'EMCO Gears Classic' gets underway in Ohio at 4:55pm local time on Friday with Saturday's 250-mile race starting at 5:30pm. SPEED Channel will broadcast the race as a tape delay starting at 3pm EST on Sunday 25th June.