Extreme Speed not racing in Kansas, so it's back to his old team
Starworks Motorsport ‘Thunder Buddy’ Ryan Dalziel is making a welcome return to the Championship winning squad for the Grand Prix of Kansas at Kansas Speedway, 6-7 June 2014.
With the new TUDOR United Sportscar Series dual race being a Prototype Challenge and Prototype Lites only outing for this round, Ryan, who currently drives No. 1 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) for Extreme Speed Motorsports in the series’ Prototype class, is taking the opportunity to compete in the PC class with his old, Fort Lauderdale based team.
Ryan shall be sharing the driving duties in the #7 Bomberg liveried Oreca-Chevrolet FML09 with Martin Fuentes (whilst Sam Bird travels to the 24 Heures Du Mans), alongside the race winning pairing of Mirco Schultis and Renger van der Zande in the Martini liveried #8 Starworks Oreca-Chevrolet.
On the weekend that marked the return of Martini to professional sports car racing, the #8 Starworks took the TUSC Prototype Challenge class’ first overall victory in the ‘Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda’. Renger currently sits P3 in the 2014 PC Drivers' standings on 94 points, with Martin just behind in P5 with 80. The #8 Starworks is second in the PC Team standings as they head to Kansas tomorrow.
Said Dalziel: "It's great to be reunited with my good friends at Starworks for Kansas. It's an idea Peter and I floated around early in the season and it just so happens that the pieces fell into place recently. I always know that when I step into a Starworks car I'll be contending for the win. Martin is a great guy and I really appreciate the opportunity to drive with him. Kansas is a cool facility and this race is a unique format, so I am ready to go and help all the guys at Starworks get that win! Also, I'd like to thank ESM Racing for allowing me to take part in this weekend's event."
Said Peter Baron, Team Owner, Starworks Motorsport: “Naturally we were disappointed to learn of Sam’s conflict, but wish him all the best in his maiden voyage to Le Mans. Filling in for him worked out quite conveniently with Ryan available and we would like to thank the Extreme Speed Motorsports crew for lending him out for this race. It is a natural fit for Ryan to come over; he’s driven with Martin before, obviously knows our program well and knows the Kansas track, so it’s a great fit. We are also looking forward to see Mirco and Renger push forward on their championship charge; a big congrats to them on their victory at the 12 hours of Zandvoort too.”
The Grand Prix of Kansas will consist of two 45 minute races on the 2.37 miles road circuit. Practice for the PC class of 11 cars commences on Friday 5:35 PM - 6:20 PM ET with Qualifying following at 11:45 PM - 12:00 AM ET.
Race 1 of the Grand Prix of Kansas for the TUDOR Championship PC/Lites classes starts at 5:15 PM ET (45 minutes) on Saturday, with the Continental Tire Challenge 7:15 PM ET (150 minutes) and Race 2 of the GP of Kansas at 11:15 PM ET (45 minutes).