PCM Eager To 'Hit The Road' Oxnard, California (August 17, 2005) - Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") heads into this weekend's 'Generac 500 at Road America', Round 7 of the 2005 American Le Mans Series ("ALMS"), determined to carry the...
PCM Eager To 'Hit The Road'
Oxnard, California (August 17, 2005) - Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") heads into this weekend's 'Generac 500 at Road America', Round 7 of the 2005 American Le Mans Series ("ALMS"), determined to carry the momentum of their first GT1 podium finish at Portland into another strong result racing the #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R.
The team regrouped in Oregon following the disappointment of posting their first DNF, a result of an on-track collision, at the fifth round in Sonoma in mid-July, a result which brought to an end the rookie squad's impressive run of four top-ten overall finishes.
A faultless performance in Portland three weeks ago by team-mates Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel, not to mention the whole PCM pit-crew, eradicated the memories of Sonoma as the Oxnard-based team's increased competitiveness combined with some good fortune on-track powered the independent C5-R to a third place GT1 podium finish behind the factory-backed Corvette Racing C6- R's - the first time in ALMS history Corvette's had swept the top-three placings.
Having toughed out July's hectic schedule, with three races packed into the month, PCM return to ALMS competition at Road America this weekend, 19th- 21st August, following a valuable and highly constructive three-week break. Prepared for the challenges of Sunday's 2-hour 45-minute sports car sprint round the 4.048-mile legendary road course, the team has worked hard to develop the veteran C5-R chassis.
"I'm excited to be getting back on track," enthused Team Director Tyler Tadevic. "I'm hoping we can have as good a performance, if not better, than the last race at Portland. We've certainly worked hard since then to further increase our competitiveness, focusing in particular on a new aerodynamic package for the front-end of the car. We're trying to take full advantage of the rules package to ensure we enjoy front-end downforce and hopefully that will help us tackle the challenge of Road America with all its mid-to-high speed turns!"
He continued, "The whole team was stoked to finally get a podium finish and I know the drivers are excited to be getting back behind the wheel at such an awesome track. They've both raced here before and we've tested here already this year which will hopefully help us further. It's going to be an exciting run to the end of the season and I'm really glad we've got such great partners in Menards, Yokohama and Ironclad to share our successes with."
For Ryan Dalziel a return to Road America, like Portland a few weeks earlier, brings with it another opportunity to reflect on previous track success. The 23-year-old Orlando-based Scot decimated his Toyota Atlantic rivals at the Elkhart Lake track last season, capturing pole position with a new lap record before scoring an emphatic flag-to-flag win as he kept his title chances very much alive.
"It's always fun to race at a track where you've been successful but this weekend for me is all about looking ahead not back," commented Dalziel. "I'm really excited to see how the Corvette performs with the new aero package and we've already established a good base set-up having tested at Road America earlier. I think we might struggle a little in qualifying but we always seem to pick up the pace come race day. I'm confident we can continue to mix it up with the likes of the Maserati and Road America's wide layout always presents some great overtaking opportunities."
Alex Figge is similarly excited to be heading back to Road America as the Californian has raced there previously in the Toyota Atlantic Championship.
"I can't wait to get back racing this weekend," Figge remarked. "It's a track I really enjoy competing at, I qualified top five last season but I was taken out of the race early so I'm looking for a lot more track time this time round. Between the crew, myself and Ryan we all have a lot of experience at Road America and I think that knowledge will be crucial as we work on the car from practice and qualifying then into the race. I think with our Yokohama's we're now running stronger than the Pirelli-shod cars and we're closing the gap to the Michelin runners. It was great to celebrate our podium finish in Portland and we're definitely hungry for another one!"
The Generac 500 at Road America, Round 7 of the 2005 ALMS, is set for 3pm EDT Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:55pm EDT Saturday.