Watkins Glen: Ryan Dalziel preview

Dalziel hoping for third time lucky at 'The Glen' Orlando, Florida (May 30, 2006) -- Fresh off the back of his first race podium in the Daytona Prototype class of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel would...

Dalziel hoping for third time lucky at 'The Glen'

Orlando, Florida (May 30, 2006) -- Fresh off the back of his first race podium in the Daytona Prototype class of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel would willingly settle for a similar finish as he returns to Watkins Glen International Circuit in New York to race Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley in Saturday's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen'.

The 24-year-old, now based in Orlando, is no stranger to the renowned 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course having been there twice last season, also in the Rolex Sports Car Series, but competing in the GT division. Both occasions ultimately turned out to be sources of frustration for the Scottish racer, his first visit at the corresponding event this time last year ending after a failed brake rotor sidelined the Porsche 911 GT3 RS he was set to race alongside car owner Mark Greenberg and Bryan Sellers.

Dalziel had been on course to set the GT pole before being pitched into the tire barrier following the subsequent rotor failure and collapse of the left-front suspension. He returned for a second visit later in the year, again part of the Rolex Sports Car Series GT schedule, and while together with Greenberg they made the race, Ryan's subsequent seat-time was limited to just five laps. Having taken over behind the wheel and launched the Porsche into the top-ten, a broken gearbox forced Dalziel into retirement.

Ryan has good reason to be optimistic on his third visit to Watkins Glen as together with his Pacific Coast Motorsports team-mate, Alex Figge, the duo carry a wave of momentum having scored a second place race podium last time out in the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley following a top-three qualifying race result at the previous round. In a fiercely competitive Daytona Prototype division, Dalziel's stint at the last round in Phoenix, Arizona, saw him overcome a motor issue to pilot the #89 car to it's first top-ten finish of the season and a podium celebration -- a just reward for the whole team having featured in virtually every round to-date only to be thwarted by bad luck or mechanical issues.

Hoping to make it 'third time lucky' in New York this weekend Dalziel commented:

"I love the track at Watkins Glen but it certainly hasn't done me any favors to-date! Hopefully this weekend will change all that and I'm certainly pumped to be heading into the race off the back of our last performance. We'd delivered a top-three finish in the qualifying race at Laguna but it was great to finally score a race podium in Phoenix. Alex and I hope to build on that result and carry our momentum into Saturday's six hour race."

Qualifying for the 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen' takes place at 4:15pm EST on Friday before Saturday's race gets underway at 2:30pm EST. SPEED Channel will broadcast the race live from Watkins Glen starting at 2:30pm EST, Saturday 3rd June.

Timing and scoring can also be found online at: www.grandamerican.com

-www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge , Mark Greenberg , Bryan Sellers