Canadian Champ Car debut for Dalziel
Orlando, Florida (July 05, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is set to make his first career Champ Car World Series start in this weekend's Molson Indy Toronto, 8th-10th July, having secured a deal to race the #19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola for Dale Coyne Racing.
With back-to-back Toyota Atlantic Championship runner-up finishes to his credit (2003-04), collecting six wins and 19 podiums from 36 starts in Champ Car's feeder series, the 23-year-old from Lanarkshire makes his eagerly anticipated top-flight debut on the 1.755-mile street course on Friday morning prior to Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto, the sixth round of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
Dalziel flew to Putnam Park, Indiana following his ALMS engagement at Lime Rock Park on Monday in order to spend today testing with Dale Coyne Racing, his first Champ Car seat-time since testing with PKV Racing back in November 2004.
Looking ahead to his Champ Car World Series debut Dalziel commented:
"This is obviously a fantastic opportunity for me and one I've been working towards since I first competed in North America back in 2002. I'm looking forward to driving the #19 American Medical Response entry for Dale Coyne Racing. I can't wait to strap in and finally race one of these cars having tested them on several occasions. I've raced against quite a few of the guys already on the grid and am looking forward to renewing some on-track rivalries. If all goes well then I'm hoping the opportunity extends beyond Toronto."
"In addition to thanking Dale Coyne I really have to thank Pacific Coast Motorsport for giving me permission to put on hold my sports car commitments to allow me to make my Champ Car debut. They know this has been a dream of mine for a long time and I'm grateful for the opportunities they've given me to race this year in the ALMS and for allowing me the chance to fulfill my open-wheel ambition this weekend."
Team owner Dale Coyne is suitably impressed with his new charge while continuing to promote talent from Champ Car's ladder series:
"We always enjoying brining on drivers who've proved themselves in the Toyota Atlantic Championship and Ryan's no different. We had a list of drivers to consider for the ride in Toronto but Ryan came highly recommended. We've since talked quite a bit about him in the team and today's test underlined what we already knew about him. I'm looking forward to running Ryan in Toronto and seeing what develops from there."