Pacific Coast looking to repeat form at Watkins Glen Ventura, California (August 07, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to Watkins Glen for this Friday's 'Crown Royal 200', Round 12 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car...
Pacific Coast looking to repeat form at Watkins Glen
Ventura, California (August 07, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to Watkins Glen for this Friday's 'Crown Royal 200', Round 12 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, looking to put disappointing finishes at Daytona and Barber Motorsports Park firmly behind them and recapture the form of the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley from their last trip to the famed New York track.
The Ventura-based Daytona Prototype team, currently sitting 13th in the points with three rounds remaining, bagged a top-ten finish when the series visited the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International circuit back in June for the 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen'. On that occasion PCM racers Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel steered the #89 Pontiac Riley to a tenth place finish having led the race briefly.
The team's last Watkins Glen performance followed their first trip to the Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype podium having captured second place in May's "GAINSCO Grand Prix' in Phoenix. Firmly on a roll, Pacific Coast Motorsports left Watkins to claim their third straight top-ten finish, courtesy of a sixth place effort at Mid-Ohio, before their recent two-race slump kicked in.
An early off in Round 10 at the Daytona International Speedway at the end of June brought Figge and Dalziel's top-ten charge to halt following a three-lap layover in the pits for damage repairs. A similar fate would befall the former open-wheel standouts last time out at Barber Motorsports Park as opening lap contact once again resulted in Figge taking the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley behind the wall for repairs, this time costing eight laps on the leaders. Frustratingly the car's front-running pace was evident when he returned to action before later handing over to Dalziel but the Scotsman was helpless to recover the lost laps and took 20th at the checkered.
Having knocked on the door of the top-ten in the standings prior to their recent run of bad luck, Pacific Coast Motorsports is relishing the challenge of getting back up there to end their rookie season in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series with a bang. Friday's 'Crown Royal 200' represents the first of three races in four weeks to wrap the 2006 season, including another 'home' visit to California at the Infineon Raceway following this week's final east coast adventure.
Looking ahead to Friday's return to 'The Glen', PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic said:
"I'm excited to be going back to Watkins and to be guests of NASCAR on their race package. I'm hoping we'll have more races together next season as it's a lot of fun to be on the same billing. I'm also looking forward to getting going again following a rough couple of races. Both incidents at Daytona and Barber were beyond our control and the guys on theteam performed flawlessly to get the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley back on track.
"We should be good to go on Thursday and it's one of those events where we need to be competitive straight off the back of the truck. It's a tight schedule on Thursday with all the practice sessions and qualifying on the one day then we don't get back out again until Friday evening for the start of the race! It's a unique event with regards to that and we can't wait to go racing and build some momentum for the closing races of the season."
"I'm definitely looking forward to going back to Watkins as we were strong there earlier in the season. Hopefully we're going back with a package that we know works there and all being well we'll be able to turn things around from the past two races and end the season with three strong results starting this weekend in New York."
"The last couple of races have been really frustrating as we've had to spend the majority of time stuck down the running order with a competitive car thanks to the time spent in the pits. Hopefully Friday's race will allow us an opportunity to be back running at the sharp end of the grid and based on our previous form at Watkins, where I led for a short while, we've got a lot to look forward to. There's a lot of track time to pack in on Thursday but we'll be making the most of it to set ourselves up for a decent run on Friday."