CHAMPCAR/CART: Assen: Pacific Coast Motorsports race report

Dalziel Races the Plain Jane Couture Car Into the Top-Ten at Home in Europe Pacific Coast Motorsports may be a rookie team, but they are comprised of Champ Car veterans who carry multiple championships between them and that has shown throughout...

Dalziel Races the Plain Jane Couture Car Into the Top-Ten at Home in Europe

Pacific Coast Motorsports may be a rookie team, but they are comprised of Champ Car veterans who carry multiple championships between them and that has shown throughout the season, but especially throughout the demanding back-to-back European races the last two weeks. The overseas races are no easy task; the team must pack everything they think they will need for two events, from gears, shocks, sensors, bolts and bodywork, to brake oil, grease and their Mother's cleaning products, without knowing exactly what to expect. Led by team manager Michael Harvey, crew chief Roy Wilkerson and lead mechanics Todd Phillips, Chuck Miller and Andy Greene, the PCM crew's transition to their temporary work facilities in Europe was flawless. Leaving the luxury of their transporters that double as state-of-the-art workshops behind in the USA, the PCM crews worked out of temporary garages and modules at the International events. The crew had just two days to unpack their freight and prep their race cars, all the while; keeping their organizational standards so they have the ability to re-build a race car "on the fly." They raced today in Holland in front of a sold-out crowd of roaring race fans and finished their journey with an impressive top-ten result by Scottish rookie, Ryan Dalziel. Alex Figge fought fuel pick up issues throughout the race, but took the checkered flag despite the gremlins. The PCM crew will fly home to their Oxnard, California headquarters on Labor Day, and begin their preparations for a test later in the month, followed by their next International adventure to the land down under in October. For photos and additional information, please visit www.pcmracing.com.

Ryan Dalziel #28 Plain Jane Couture/DP01/Cosworth/Bridgestone

"I am pretty happy with the race result. We struggled with the black tires this weekend but did a good job with the reds. We need to figure out how to qualify further up the grid. It was a long, hard, green race but it was a clean race. I am happy to have finished back up in the top-ten in the Plain Jane Car, but we need to get more pace in the cars for qualifying and more pace overall."

Alex Figge

"It was a long day for us. We were five gallons short of fuel every stint because we were not picking up the last five gallons. It felt like I was constantly in the pits. We need to work on our pace, having a problem-free weekend and we need to continue to work on developing the car. The stretch for us between now and Australia won't be a break that is for sure, we are testing in Sebring in a few weeks and we've got a lot of work to do to continue our development. This event was incredible; it was an honor to compete in Plain Jane Couture car front of so many excited and knowledgeable fans. Champ Car is a big deal here in Holland; we learned that today for sure!"

Tyler Tadevic, team director: "I am pleased with the team and both drivers performance. Ryan pushed for the top-ten and Alex drove his best race of the year so far. If it weren't for an issue with the fuel-pick up, and having to pit one time extra I think Alex would have finished near Ryan. As a team, this was our first race overseas, it's tough and I am proud of our crew, they did a great job making this happen. It was an honor to represent Plain Jane Couture throughout our time here in Europe and in front of sold-out crowds; we look forward to continuing that relationship as well."

-credit: pcm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge