PCM starts July with a slice of Lime Oxnard, California (June 30, 2005) - The 2005 American Le Mans Series ("ALMS") roars back into life this weekend with Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") heading east from their California base for the fourth...
PCM starts July with a slice of Lime
Oxnard, California (June 30, 2005) - The 2005 American Le Mans Series ("ALMS") roars back into life this weekend with Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") heading east from their California base for the fourth round of the year, the 'New England Grand Prix' at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, 1st-4th July.
Monday's 2-hour 45-minute 'Independence Day' endurance sprint on the tight 1.54-mile Lime Rock Park circuit will once again see PCM racers Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel take the privateer #5 Menards-Yokohama C5-R Corvette into GT1 battle against the likes of the factory-backed C6-R Corvette as well as the Maserati and Saleen's.
Pacific Coast Motorsports together with Figge and Dalziel have continued to impress in their rookie sports car season with sixth, fifth and fourth place finishes showcasing their progress and consistency in the opening rounds. The team's learning curve has been a steep one, crew members charged with developing the veteran C5-R's performance levels while marrying it to a brand new Yokohama GT1 tire programme, but PCM has continued to demonstrate the desire and dedication that led to their 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship success.
June's ALMS break presented a valuable opportunity to further concentrate on the development of the C5-R package, keeping July's three races in mind, without the demands of mounting an assault at the 24 Hours of Le Mans either.
That said, the offer to check out the classic French sports car race proved too good for PCM team director Tyler Tadevic to turn down and he jetted to Le Mans to scout the 73rd annual running of the race with a view to PCM receiving a future entry.
"There's no doubt that PCM would love to join the group of ALMS competitors who tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans each year," Tadevic explained. "It's the worlds premier sports car event and having attended the race for the first time I definitely see the attraction and subsequently have the desire to take Pacific Coast Motorsports to France to compete next season should we be amongst the teams invited."
He continued, "At PCM we're proud to be working with two organizations that did so well at Le Mans. GM scored a 1-2 finish in the GT1 class with the new Corvette C6-R and our tire partner Yokohama claimed victory in the GT2 class. As a privateer team its great to be associated with such strong operations and we continue to work with them to achieve similar levels of success."
Former Toyota Atlantic rivals, Ryan Dalziel and Alex Figge have proved to be a strong driver pairing for PCM since partnering together at Sebring in March. Both drivers are keen to get back behind the wheel this weekend.
"Mid-Ohio seems like a long time ago," commented Dalziel. "I can't wait to get into the Corvette again on Friday afternoon and start learning the Lime Rock Park circuit. I've never been there before but I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully the new Yokohama's we'll be running will further improve our chances of challenging for our first GT1 podium finish."
Alex Figge echoed Dalziel's sentiments, "It'll be great to go racing again, not least with three races to keep us busy in July. The more seat time we get the more we learn about the car. We're constantly building our set-up database and I hope some of that information can be translated into another competitive run at Lime Rock on Monday afternoon."
July's three ALMS rounds, starting with Lime Rock Park, makes for a busy month but Tyler Tadevic relishes the challenge.
"It's a heavy month for sure but thankfully the respective travel to Sonoma and Portland is a lot easier for us than the teams hailing from the east coast. It'll be great to get into the meat of the championship with three races in four weeks and I'm particularly excited heading into this weekend's race at Lime Rock. Yokohama is giving us a new tire to run with and if all goes to plan we'll hopefully make some performance gains and put PCM and all our team partners into the thick of the GT1 action."
Monday's race, Round 4 of 10, will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel starting at 3pm EST 4th July.
Pacific Coast Motorsports 2005 ALMS campaign is supported by valued team partners - Menards, Yokohama and Ironclad.