ANOTHER TOP FIVE FOR STARWORKS MOTORSPORT!
Starworks Motorsport's Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest scored another top five finish last Sunday in the NJMP 250 in New Jersey. Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest started their first race together with the #8 Corsa Car Care Starworks Dinan-BMW Riley at Homestead, Florida last March and yesterday they celebrated their fifth top five finish of the season in only eight starts together. The two Starworks drivers have always finished in the top seven except on one occasion this season. This is a statement of exceptional reliability and ultimate performance from the Starworks Motorsport #8 team which is made up of two excellent drivers and a great crew and that has now became one of the top teams in the series.
After this ninth round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Pruett and Rojas lead Ryan Dalziel by only 19 points (267-248) with three races remaining in the DP championship. It is still possible for Ryan Dalziel to catch the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers to win his first Rolex Series driver championship.
Despite a good drive from their two drivers, the #7 Flex-Box Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by Bill Lester and Dane Cameron encountered some problems and finished 12th in the DP class last Sunday.
Mike Forest qualified the #8 Starworks Motorsport Corsa Car Care machine 12th on Saturday. After an excellent first stint, Ryan Dalziel took over from Mike Forest and had to battle hard to go back to the top five. "It was a really difficult weekend for the #8 Corsa Car Care car," stated Dalziel after the event. "We struggled a little on set-up as neither I nor our engineer had been there before. We lost power steering early and had a differential issue towards the end but showed great race pace in the middle of the race. Fifth place is good points and we can still get this championship" declared Ryan.
Mike Forest was also very optimistic after the race. "It was a tough day," declared Mike Forest after the race. "We encountered our first setback Saturday morning when the practice session was partially wet, it didn't allow us to work on the set-up. We were in decent shape on Sunday until the 95 degree heat killed the power steering. It took all of my strength to keep it off the wall in turn 1, the steering wheel was incredibly heavy forcing me to nurse it back to the pits. The steering motor cooled enough to come back after that lap. The team showed a ton of fight to stay composed. Bill Riley made a great call to get our lap back. Ryan did an amazing job to get us back near the front. It was a hard day but not a total disaster as far as the championship is concerned. We'll be strong at the Glen in 3 weeks" continued the young Canadian. After nine races, Ryan Dalziel is ranked 2nd in the 2010 Rolex Series driver point standings and his teammate Mike Forest, 5th.
The #7 Flex-Box Starworks Motorsport machine co-driven by Bill Lester and Dane Cameron was not very lucky last weekend. Bill Lester qualified 13th on Saturday and had a consistent first stint running as high as 6th. "Unfortunately, the trials and tribulations continued for the #7 Flex-Box car," declared Bill Lester after the race. "I managed to have a mostly trouble free run and brought our car up as high as 6th in the race, then, as our luck this year would have it, a skirmish between the #75 car and the #9 car ahead of me caused the #75 car to go off track. The #75 then came back on right in front of me. It was either hit him or hit the dirt to avoid contact. I chose the latter but the subsequent grass and debris clogged the radiator opening and forced me to pit. At that point I turned the car over to Dane who soldiered on until cool suit issues caused him to overheat. He also reported that he was beginning to experience driveline problems. I jumped back behind the wheel to relieve him and bring the car home but quickly realized that lack of power transfer to the tires would not allow us to continue. I am disappointed that we suffered a DNF and so is everyone else on our team. We're still bound and determined to achieve some measure of success this year and our next race at Watkins Glen is just as good a place as any to do it" continued Bill Lester.
This New Jersey race was the third DP race for young American Dane Cameron who joined Starworks a week prior to the event. "I really enjoyed my first chance to work with everybody at Starworks Motorsport," said Dane after the event. "Peter Baron has assembled a terrific group of people here. It was a very long and hot race to say the least, and it was a shame that we did not get a better result. Unfortunately we suffered a mechanical problem towards the end of the race. More importantly the car had good speed in it and Bill had a great opening stint which is good for the upcoming races. I felt that Bill and I as well as the rest of the team gelled very well right away and I can't wait to do it again" continued Cameron.
With only three races remaining in the season, the Starworks Motorsport team is very motivated and there is no doubt that they will go to the next race at Watkins Glen International Raceway in three weeks with ambition and determination to score their first win.
The next action for the GRAND-AM Rolex Series will be the Crown Royal 200 on Saturday, August 7 at Watkins Glen International.
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