Road Atlanta challenge up next for Dalziel Orlando, Florida (April 13, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel returns to sports car action this weekend, 15-17th April, in the Sportsbook.Com Grand Prix of Atlanta, Round 2 of the 10-race American Le...
Road Atlanta challenge up next for Dalziel
Orlando, Florida (April 13, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel returns to sports car action this weekend, 15-17th April, in the Sportsbook.Com Grand Prix of Atlanta, Round 2 of the 10-race American Le Mans Series. The 23-year-old Scot will again partner with American Alex Figge, the rookie sports car duo piloting the #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R, entered by California-based Pacific Coast Motorsports (PCM) in the GT1 class of the ALMS.
Sunday's race, a 2 hour 45 minute 'sprint' on Road Atlanta's 2.54-mile, 12-turn Grand Prix circuit, is in stark contrast to the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring which heralded the start of the 2005 ALMS season last month in Florida.
Dalziel, Figge and PCM, who all switched to the category from the Toyota Atlantic Championship over the winter, belied their rookie status at the endurance classic taking the chequered flag an impressive tenth overall while finishing sixth in the GT1 class behind the likes of the factory-backed Corvette C6-R's and Aston Martin DBR9's.
Previewing his second ALMS start Dalziel commented:
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Road Atlanta as I've only tested at the circuit before. It's a challenging track with all its twist and turns but I'm confident Alex and I can build on our experiences behind the wheel of the Menards-Yokohama Corvette and challenge for class honors. The team has done a great job working on the car since Sebring and I'm sure the changes and updates, together with new tires from Yokohama, will boost our competitiveness in Sunday's race."
Road Atlanta, situated in Braselton, Georgia features twice on the American Le Mans Series schedule with the second visit rapidly becoming a sports car classic in its own right -- the Petit Le Mans event the penultimate race of the year and another 12-hour marathon to test teams and drivers alike.
Sunday's race is set to start at Noon EST with live coverage throughout the United States on the CBS television network from 1pm-3pm. MotorsTV will broadcast the entire race live across Europe.
Further information -- www.americanlemans.com / www.roadatlanta.com