Utah: Pacific Coast Motorsports DP preview

Empringham joins Pacific Coast DP line-up for season finale Ventura, California (August 30, 2006) -- Canada's David Empringham will join series regulars Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel behind the wheel of Pacific Coast Motorsports ...

Empringham joins Pacific Coast DP line-up for season finale

Ventura, California (August 30, 2006) -- Canada's David Empringham will join series regulars Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel behind the wheel of Pacific Coast Motorsports #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype this weekend, Saturday 2nd September, as the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series concludes with the 9-hour 'Discount Tire Sunchaser' hosted at the stunning new Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Empringham's addition to the PCM driver line-up sees the 2005 Grand-Am Cup Champion return to action for the Ventura-based outfit having kicked off the season alongside Figge and Dalziel in the #89 Pontiac Riley at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. That occasion, back in January, boasted a lead lap for Empringham before the team's debut at the famed 24-hour race was blighted with mechanical issues and ultimately retirement.

The team arrives in Tooele, Utah, home of the 4.5-mile Miller Motorsports Park, this week looking to keep the momentum of back-to-back top-ten finishes going to wrap the season on a high. Last weekend's 'Sonoma 250' at the Infineon Raceway in California saw Figge qualify tenth and race to fifth before handing over to Dalziel for the majority stint where the Scotsman maintained the position through to the checkered flag.

Their fifth place effort followed an eighth place result at Watkins Glen earlier in the month with the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley proving to be one of the most competitive cars on track with lap times mirroring those of the race leaders. Consistency and reliability will be required for this weekend's 9-hour endurance race with the team eager to return to the new facility outside Salt Lake City having tested there last month.

Tyler Tadevic, PCM Team Director, previewed the race weekend: "I'm glad to put Dave in the car alongside Alex and Ryan. I know he'll do a good job for us utilizing his championship-winning experience and we'll be fast as we always are. For sure we have to keep our nose clean as it's a nine hour race as opposed to the usual 2-hour 45-minute sprints but if we stay out of trouble then we'll be up there! The important thing for us is to get to the finish and cap our rookie season in the Rolex Sports Car Series with another strong result."

Toronto-born David Empringham, an accomplished open-wheel racer with back-to-back Toyota Atlantic titles as well as an Indy Lights Championship to his credit, is looking forward to returning to Daytona Prototype competition with Pacific Coast:

"I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to top and tail the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season in the #89 Pontiac Riley alongside Alex and Ryan. The team's firmly on a roll with their results from the previous two races so hopefully I can do my bit to keep the momentum going and go out on a high behind the wheel of a competitive entry. Based on last month's test at the track there's no reason why we can't be up there this weekend."

Buoyed by last weekend's top-five finish Ryan Dalziel looks to Miller for more of the same:

"Miller Motorsports Park is a great track and we had fun testing there for a couple of days in July. I'm really looking forward to heading back there for this weekend's season finale and I'm equally happy to have Dave Empringham share the car with us.

Saturday's result at Infineon was well deserved; we had a quick car so hopefully we'll carry that pace straight into Miller Motorsports Park. The long track layout suits the Daytona Prototypes so it should be a fun nine hours!"

Alex Figge welcomes the addition of the Utah race track to the 14-round Rolex Sports Car Series schedule:

"It's great to be going somewhere that's new to everyone. Miller's a stunning race track and I'm really keen to get out there and see what we can do. I think we've got one of the strongest line-up's with the addition of Dave's speed and experience, that, combined with our recent results, should make for a very competitive package!"

-credit: pcm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , David Empringham , Alex Figge , Dave Empringham