VIR: SAMAX Motorsport qualifying report

Zogaib and Dalziel ready to sprint at VIR Alton, VA --(April 25, 2008)-- Henri Zogaib and Ryan Dalziel will be back in Daytona Prototype action with Samax Motorsport this weekend for the Bosch 250 at VIR and round four of the 2008 Rolex ...

Zogaib and Dalziel ready to sprint at VIR

Alton, VA --(April 25, 2008)-- Henri Zogaib and Ryan Dalziel will be back in Daytona Prototype action with Samax Motorsport this weekend for the Bosch 250 at VIR and round four of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season. The duo are looking to replicate the top-ten form they showed in the GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami, and will work to get the most out of the Dinan-BMW-Riley combination on the 3.27-mile natural terrain road course in Sunday's race.

The Bosch 250 at VIR weekend is a quick two-day affair, with practice and qualifying set on Saturday in advance of Sunday's two hour and forty-five minute feature. After positive progress in practice, the qualifying session proved to be a disappointment as Zogaib suffered from a drivetrain failure. The issue prevented him from setting a fast lap time during the session. As a result, the No. 2 Samax BMW-Riley will take the green flag from deep in the Daytona Prototype field, but the team is optimistic about generating a strong result.

"It's disappointing to have this happen but that's racing and this is a long race so we know we can move up from the start," said Zogaib. "It's much better to have a problem here in qualifying than in the race. I showed in Homestead and in Mexico City that I can race better than I qualify, so we'll just focus on moving forward once the race starts. This is a very challenging track, but it can also be very rewarding so I am looking forward to tomorrow."

Zogaib's co-driver Ryan Dalziel has some useful experience on the circuit, having finished fourth with Samax in the 2007 running of the Bosch weekend, which featured a Daytona Prototype-only race.

"It's a shame Henri didn't get more laps out there today but the car was quick in practice so hopefully we can get a good start tomorrow," said Dalziel. "It's going to be different of course racing with the GT cars again here but I think it will make for a better show on Sunday and we can move forward once the race gets going."

-credit: sm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Henri Zogaib