Sears Point: Ryan Dalziel race report

Dalziel scores Infineon top-five Orlando, Florida (August 27, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel came home fifth at the flag in yesterday's 'Sonoma 250', the penultimate round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, hosted at the ...

Dalziel scores Infineon top-five

Orlando, Florida (August 27, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel came home fifth at the flag in yesterday's 'Sonoma 250', the penultimate round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, hosted at the 2.52-mile road course at Infineon Raceway, California.

It marked back-to-back top-ten scores for Dalziel and team-mate Alex Figge piloting Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype following their eighth place finish at Watkins Glen two weeks earlier and bodes well for the season finale this Saturday, 2nd September, as the 14-race schedule concludes with the 9-hour 'Discount Tire Sunchaser' event at Miller Motorsports Park located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah.

Figge started the race tenth on the grid having qualified the #89 Pontiac Riley the day before. A competitive opening stint saw the American climb to fifth overall from a field of 25 Daytona Prototype runners. The first full course caution of the day, on lap 23, prompted a flurry of activity in the pit-lane one lap later and PCM called Figge in for the driver change with Dalziel. Fuelled up and with fresh rubber the 24-year-old started his stint holding the team's fifth place when racing resumed on three laps later.

Competitive throughout the 250-mile race, Dalziel climbed to fourth passing the #58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley at Turn 7 on lap 44. Ryan pitted on lap 73 under green flag conditions for fuel and tires and from there enjoyed a trouble-free run to the checkered taking fifth at the flag behind race winners Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz in the #01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley.

Commenting on a solid day's work Ryan said:

"It was a good race! There weren't any crazy incidents and we managed to stay out of trouble to run right at the front with the leaders. It's a fun track to race on and we were a lot faster this year in the Daytona Prototypes than we were last year in the Corvette we raced in the ALMS. Overall we're happy with the result and it gives us that extra little bit of momentum heading to Miller Motorsports Park for the final race next weekend."

Saturday's 9-hour 'Discount Tire Sunchaser' starts at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah at 12:00pm local time with SPEED Channel broadcasting most of the action live.

-credit: www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Felix Sabates