Dalziel returns to favored Mid-Ohio Orlando, Florida (June 20, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel has reason to be cheerful as he returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for this weekend's 'EMCO Gears Classic', 23rd-24th June, the eighth outing of the year...
Dalziel returns to favored Mid-Ohio
Orlando, Florida (June 20, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel has reason to be cheerful as he returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for this weekend's 'EMCO Gears Classic', 23rd-24th June, the eighth outing of the year for the Scottish racer piloting Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Dalziel's previous two outings in the ultra-competitive Daytona Prototype class have resulted in top-ten finishes, including a second place podium finish in Phoenix, as together with team-mate Alex Figge, the pace that was evident through the opening rounds is finally being married with consistency through to the checkered.
The 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is listed as one of Ryan's favorite permanent road-courses in the United States having raced there on a couple of occasions in different disciplines. The 24-year-old's first taste of the Lexington track came in 2003 when he was challenging for the Toyota Atlantic Championship in his sophomore season. Ryan celebrated his track debut with a podium finish, coming home second at the checkered behind race winner, and now fellow Rolex Sports Car Series competitor, Michael Valiante.
Having raced against Pacific Coast Motorsports for a couple of seasons in open-wheel competition Ryan teamed up with the championship-winning squad last year as they made their first foray into sports car racing competing in the GT1 class of the American Le Mans Series with the legendary Corvette C5-R. Their trip to Mid-Ohio in 2005 resulted in a fourth place effort in GT1 and eighth overall from the multi-class field.
Following Saturday evening's 2-hour 45-minute 'EMCO Gears Classic', Ryan and Alex plan on taking advantage of their close proximity to Cleveland to take in the Champ Car World Series race at Burke Lakefront Airport on Sunday afternoon -- Ryan having made his first career start in the premiere open-wheel series almost a year ago with a ninth placed run at the Molson Indy Toronto.
Previewing his return to Ohio Dalziel commented:
"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!"
Qualifying for the 'EMCO Gears Classic' gets underway in Ohio at 4:55pm on Friday with Saturday's 250-mile race starting at 5:30pm.JSPEED Channel will broadcast the race as a tape delay starting at 3pm EST on Sunday 25th June -- www.grandamerican.com