Dalziel Commits to Sports Car Campaign Orlando, Florida (July 13, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel returns to sports car competition this weekend, 15th-17th July, competing in the 'Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma', Round 5 of the 2005 American...
Dalziel Commits to Sports Car Campaign
Orlando, Florida (July 13, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel returns to sports car competition this weekend, 15th-17th July, competing in the 'Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma', Round 5 of the 2005 American Le Mans Series ("ALMS"). Teamed once again with Alex Figge, the former Toyota Atlantic rivals will share driving duties at the Infineon Raceway for Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") behind the wheel of the GT1 #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R.
Dalziel's trip to California follows the 23-year-old's top-ten performance in the Champ Car World Series at the Molson Indy Toronto last Sunday, 10th July. The Orlando-based Scot welcomed the opportunity to make his premier open-wheel start on the back of an offer from Dale Coyne Racing and with the kind permission of PCM, there being no conflict that day between the two schedules.
Ryan switched disciplines with ease and hustled his 750bhp Champ Car to an impressive ninth place finish on the streets of Toronto having had just one day of testing in the car prior to the weekend's first practice session.
Reflecting on his Champ Car debut and Sunday's ALMS event Dalziel remarked:
"PCM allowed me to race last Sunday which was really great of them. I first came to race in America with Champ Car as my goal. The opportunity presented itself and I took it believing if I performed well there could be the possibility of running the remainder of the season. Given the circumstances I think I did a good job, I kept the car out off the walls and scored a top ten finish but for whatever reason the team has selected another driver for the Edmonton race which leaves me free to return to the ALMS with PCM.
"I'm obviously disappointed with the team's decision! Based on my performance I thought I at least deserved another opportunity but I'd like to thank Dale Coyne and American Medical Response for offering me my first Champ Car start. I'm now looking forward to getting back into the Corvette and continuing to help progress PCM's rookie GT1 campaign. We were pretty competitive last time out at Lime Rock Park which gives us more to work with heading into this weekend. Sonoma's a great track in a fantastic part of the country, roll on Sunday!"
Sunday's 'Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma' from the Infineon Raceway is set to start at 11am Pacific Time with the action broadcast on CBS Sports between 2pm-5pm Eastern Time.
Further information -- www.americanlemans.com / www.pcmracing.com