Dalziel looking to rise back up at Phoenix Orlando, Florida (May 11, 2006) -- Back-to-back race weekends in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series have ensured that Ryan Dalziel has had little time to dwell on last Sunday's starters problem...
Dalziel looking to rise back up at Phoenix
Orlando, Florida (May 11, 2006) -- Back-to-back race weekends in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series have ensured that Ryan Dalziel has had little time to dwell on last Sunday's starters problem at Laguna Seca, which dropped his Pacific Coast Motorsports-entered #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley out of podium contention, before heading to Phoenix for this Saturday's 'The GAINSCO Grand Prix', the seventh race of the year hosted at the Phoenix International Raceway, 11-13 May.
The Scot heads to Arizona keen to build on the momentum built up by the Pacific Coast Motorsports team at the last round in California. Consistently one of the fastest Pontiac-powered Daytona Prototype teams throughout the weekend, Ryan showcased the potential of the #89 car by taking it to a third place finish in last Saturday's 30-minute qualifying sprint.
With full points on offer for the qualifying races, Dalziel's efforts behind the wheel brought the team its biggest points haul of the season and their highest Rolex Sports Car Series grid position since joining the championship last November. Ryan's team-mate, Alex Figge, enjoyed a strong opening stint, including a couple of lead laps, before handing over to Dalziel. Ryan was soon back up into the top-six and challenging for fourth before a late race pit-stop brought disaster when the car failed to fire up thanks to a dead battery in the starter. Dropping a lap down and with numerous caution periods, Ryan's afternoon ended with a disappointing 16th place finish, another 'what might have been' race weekend for Pacific Coast Motorsports.
Saturday's race offers a chance to wipe the slate clean and another opportunity to translate the pace of the #89 car into a solid top-ten result. Having tested at the 1.51-mile track before, Ryan's prepared for what the part-road course, part-oval has to offer.
Commenting on the race ahead and last weekend's turn of events Ryan said: "I'm looking forward to going to Phoenix. We had a good test there earlier so we're at least aware of what we're heading into! It's a good, tight little track and it's always fun to test yourself at a night race. I had a great run in qualifying at Laguna, we scored full points for third place and while it was a shorter run I believe it showed what we're capable of. We carried that momentum into the race on Sunday but then our bad luck caught up with us just as we thought we might be on for a decent result. Hopefully we can repeat our form at Phoenix but minus any issues, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!"