Ryan Dalziel set for 2007 Champ Car World Series Orlando, Florida (September 04, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is preparing himself for a return to top-flight open-wheel racing in 2007 following Pacific Coast Motorsports decision to...
Ryan Dalziel set for 2007 Champ Car World Series
Orlando, Florida (September 04, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is preparing himself for a return to top-flight open-wheel racing in 2007 following Pacific Coast Motorsports decision to step-up to the Champ Car World Series next season with the Lanarkshire racer and America's Alex Figge forming the team's two-car driver line-up.
Dalziel (24) has spent the past two seasons with California-based Pacific Coast Motorsports competing in North American sports car racing, campaigning a Corvette C5-R in the 2005 American Le Mans Series and a Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype in this season's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series which concluded at Miller Motorsports Park at the weekend -- coinciding with the team's announcement regarding their plans for 2007 and a move into the 'Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford'.
Thrilled to be racing a 750bhp turbo-charged Champ Car in 2007 Dalziel remarked:
"Firstly I have to thank Pacific Coast Motorsports for giving me such a great opportunity to get back into open-wheel racing and in particular the Champ Car World Series. Champ Car was always my goal and my passion when I started racing in America so to be given the chance to compete there full-time is just fantastic.
"I'm delighted that we're all moving up together as a team as I've loved racing for Pacific Coast Motorsports over the past couple of seasons. The timing's right for moving into Champ Car with the new Panoz chassis being introduced for 2007 and it's always been a goal for the likes of Team Director Tyler Tadevic and Alex Figge to move there as well. Alex and I are great friends off-track and we've worked well as team-mates co-driving in sports cars. I'm looking forward to teaming up with him again next season in Champ Car and helping the team put a solid rookie effort together."
Having landed a full-time ride in North America's premier open-wheel racing category, where the likes of Nigel Mansell, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve and Dario Franchitti all savored success, Ryan's confirmation to the ranks of Champ Car World Series driver follows a successful one-off ride in the series last season as well as a glittering record in its feeder category.
Dalziel made his Champ Car debut in Toronto last season having received a last minute call to race courtesy of Dale Coyne Racing. Heading into the Molson Indy Toronto armed with just one day of testing in the team's Ford-Cosworth/Lola, the Orlando-based Scot conquered the demanding street course to score an impressive ninth place finish.
Ryan's first career Champ Car start followed three seasons in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, Champ Car's official feeder series. With back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2004, Dalziel's Toyota Atlantic record boasts 6 wins, 19 podiums, 8 pole positions and the Gilles Villeneuve Trophy in 2004. His success led to Champ Car tests with Walker Racing and PKV Racing in 2003 and 2004 respectively.