Watkins woe strikes Dalziel Watkins Glen, New York (September 25, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel's appearance in yesterday's 'Crown Royal 250' Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International proved to be fleeting as gearbox woes...
Watkins woe strikes Dalziel
Watkins Glen, New York (September 25, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel's appearance in yesterday's 'Crown Royal 250' Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International proved to be fleeting as gearbox woes put paid to the young Scot's charge in the GT-entered #71 SAMAX Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car.
Dalziel's team-mate, American Mark Greenberg, took the first stint driving in the 2-hour 45-minute, 250-mile race. Having qualified the car 14th in class on Friday, Greenberg held station for the first 16-laps before pitting under a full course caution to allow Dalziel the opportunity to strap in and mount a charge through the order.
The 23-year-old Orlando-based Scot failed to disappoint as he launched the car into the top ten for the first time in the race. Dalziel's hopes of further track gains were dashed after just five laps racing round the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International Circuit. A broken gearbox forced Ryan back to the pits and into retirement, the car completing a total of 21-laps for the day.
Commenting on his retirement Dalziel said:
"We knew there was an issue with the gearbox and I could tell it was getting worse and worse as I began my stint. The team ultimately made the call to retire the car as it wasn't worth continuing and causing any extra damage. Obviously it's pretty frustrating from my point of view as I had just five laps in the car but it was enough to take us back into the top ten. I might be jinxed at Watkins Glen as that's twice I've been here now and twice I've had some rotten luck through no fault of my own. That's racing though and we'll get back up there next time out!"
The race was won outright after 65-laps by the #10 Taylor/Angelelli SunTrust Racing Daytona Prototype with the GT class victory going to the #65 Bunting/Lally TRG Pontiac GTO.R.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series now heads to Virginia International Raceway for the 'VIR 400', 7th-9th October, the penultimate round of the 2005 season.