Mid-Ohio: Ryan Dalziel race report

Mid-Ohio turn-around rewarded with sixth place Orlando, Florida (June 26, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel helped steer Pacific Coast Motorsports' ...

Mid-Ohio turn-around rewarded with sixth place

Orlando, Florida (June 26, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel helped steer Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley to a third consecutive Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series top-ten finish on Saturday evening, 24th June, as he crossed the finish line sixth at the end of the 'EMCO Gears Classic' hosted at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Dalziel's performance, taking over from team-mate Alex Figge an hour into the 2-hour 45-minute endurance sprint, enabled the Californian squad to break into the top-ten of the team standings for the first time this season and follows a second place podium in Phoenix last month and a tenth place score at Watkins Glen at the start of June.

While the weekend began promisingly for the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley, leading the Daytona Prototype class in first practice, the team spent the following practice and qualifying session chasing a competitive set-up without much success. Figge qualified the ill-handling car 12th for Saturday's race.

Fortunately for all concerned a balance was found between the final practice session and the start of the 250-mile 'EMCO Gears Classic', the ninth round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. A solid start by Figge allowed him to crack the top-ten early on before making an early pit-stop on lap 12 as the first of six full-course cautions presented itself. A trouble free run for the rest of Alex's stint saw him hand over driving duties to Dalziel with just over an hour off the clock on lap 41 as the field once again toured under a caution.

With an hour of racing remaining Dalziel was comfortably in the top-eight with a mere 1.4 seconds separating the Scotsman in the #89 car in seventh place and the third placed #10 Pontiac Riley. As the event reached its conclusion Ryan picked off another spot to move up into sixth to score Pacific Coast Motorsports second highest finish of the year and their third consecutive top-ten race result.

Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld won the race in the #12 Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley, the Mexican-Brazilian partnership pairing together for their first victory.

Commenting on the weekend's turn of events Ryan said:

"It was an excellent race for us considering where we were in terms of set-up earlier in the weekend. We made some major gains between the warm-up and the race itself. It paid off and we enjoyed a more competitive car throughout our run. Our consistency is improving all the time which is encouraging as we head into the backstretch of the championship."

The series now heads straight to Daytona, Florida for the 'Brumos Porsche 250' at the Daytona International Speedway, where practice, qualifying and the race all take placethis Thursday, 29th June.

- www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Mario Haberfeld , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Figge