Watkins Glen III: Ryan Dalziel preview

Dalziel raring for 'Crown Royal 250' at The Glen Orlando, Florida (September 20, 2005) -- This weekend's 'Crown Royal 250' at Watkins Glen International, Round 12 of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, will once again see Scotland's...

Dalziel raring for 'Crown Royal 250' at The Glen

Orlando, Florida (September 20, 2005) -- This weekend's 'Crown Royal 250' at Watkins Glen International, Round 12 of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, will once again see Scotland's Ryan Dalziel partner with American Mark Greenberg in the GT-entered #71 SAMAX Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car.

Competing for the first time since last month's 'EMCO Gears Classic' at Mid-Ohio, the Dalziel-Greenberg pairing heads into Saturday's race looking to record their first finish together having been blighted by bad luck both last month and on their previous visit to Watkins Glen back in June.

Last time out at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course their entry was black-flagged thanks to sustained damage from an earlier on-track incident which prevented their headlights from working -- a mandatory requirement in the latter stages of the race. Dalziel, who was driving at the time of the penalty, duly retired the #71 Porsche having successfully taken the car into the top-five of the GT class battle.

The 23-year-old Scot suffered similar disappointment when he teamed with Greenberg for June's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen' event on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International circuit. While qualifying and looking good to assume the GT class pole position, a failed brake rotor collapsed the left-front suspension of the car pitching Dalziel into the tire barriers at speed. Ryan thankfully emerged unscathed but the same couldn't be said of the Porsche, the team withdrawing the entry from the following day's race.

Looking ahead to a return to the cockpit following nearly a month-long layoff and eager to get back to Watkins Glen Dalziel remarked:

"I'm looking forward to partnering Mark once again. I feel Watkins Glen owes us after we didn't even get to start the last race back in June. We proved the car was quick at Mid-Ohio and had it not been for the damage to our electrics which led to our exclusion I'm pretty confident we'd have recorded a decent top-five finish. I love driving at Watkins Glen, it's a real driver's circuit and I can't wait to get into the thick of the action on Saturday afternoon."

Saturday's 250-mile 'Crown Royal 250' gets underway at 3pm ET, 24th September, with SPEED Channel broadcasting the race live.

-www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Mark Greenberg