LIZ HALLIDAY VOTED DAILYSPORSTSCAR.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR American racing driver, Liz Halliday, has been voted 2005 Rookie of the Year for North America by the DailySportsCar.com adjudicating panel. DailySportsCar.com is one of...
LIZ HALLIDAY VOTED DAILYSPORSTSCAR.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American racing driver, Liz Halliday, has been voted 2005 Rookie of the Year for North America by the DailySportsCar.com adjudicating panel.
DailySportsCar.com is one of the top online magazine for Sportscar and GT racing and is acknowledged as 'essential reading' for both competitors and serious fans alike. The panel of judges -- all contributors to "DSC" - were full of praise for Halliday and commented that:
"Having taken a significant step up to the prototype category at the start of the season, she gained speed and confidence seemingly every time she took to the track."
Halliday herself was delighted with the award, which comes in recognition of her three LMP2 class wins in last season's American Le Mans Series: "I know that while I've still got lots to learn about racing at this level, I really am incredibly grateful to the DSC team for this, because it a great feeling to know that people have noticed my progress after all the hard work that goes into it. Not that I needed any extra motivation but it's definitely gonna fire me up even more for the coming season."
Despite only contesting 5 of last season's 10 races aboard the Intersport Racing Lola-AER, Liz still managed to finish 6th overall in the Driver's Championship and her performances helped co-driver Clint Field seal the title.
Liz's bravery was also noted by DSC: "When the Intersport Lola self-combusted at RoadAmerica she bailed out, but then saw the car rolling back towards the track. Putting the safety of her fellow racers before her own she managed to stop the car by pushing against the rear wing, despite a growing fire."
Comments from other DailySportsCar.com contributors included:
"Great progress all year and that ridiculously brave moment at Road America seals it even further" -- John Hindhaugh.
"Our very own Danica, Vanina and Lilian" -- Janos Wimpffen.
"Liz made Clint Field's LMP2 win possible holding 'best of the rest' in race after race" -- Tom Kjos.
In 2006 Liz will build on last year's success by entering the full American Le Mans Series as well as the jewel-in-the-crown: the Le Mans 24 Hours.