Dalziel set for Sebring spectacular Orlando, Florida (March 16, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel's 2005 American Le Mans Series campaign kicks off this weekend with the young Scot making his debut in the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring ...
Dalziel set for Sebring spectacular
Orlando, Florida (March 16, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel's 2005 American Le Mans Series campaign kicks off this weekend with the young Scot making his debut in the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, 19th March.
With official practice commencing today at the 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway, this weekend's event looks set to be another classic in the history of the prestigious race set before a record crowd. Over 100,000 fans are expected to attend the opening round of the 10-race 2005 American Le Mans Series with SPEED Channel broadcasting the 12-hour endurance marathon live.
Piloting the Pacific Coast Motorsports #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R privateer entry in the GT1 class, Dalziel will be partnered behind the wheel by American Alex Figge and Canada's David Empringham. Against the might of the likes of the all-new factory Corvette C6-R and the Aston Martin DBR9 entries, Pacific Coast Motorsports look set for an exciting sports-car debut having switched to the series, along with Ryan, from the open-wheel Toyota Atlantic Championship.
Dalziel is aware that there is a lot to learn heading into Saturday's race but is relishing the prospect of finally racing at Sebring.
"I've tested here a bunch of times," Ryan reflected. "I'm more than familiar with the track layout and how to dial a car in here but we're still learning a lot about the Corvette and working hard on set-ups for qualifying and the race. On top of that we're getting to grips with things that are new to us as a team like driver-changes and pit-stops! I'm used to running all day in testing but now I have to hop in and out so Alex and Dave get their seat time as well.
"We're all pumped about making our ALMS debut and I think we're well prepared considering we're up against big name factory teams in the GT1 class. Hopefully we can split those entries in qualifying and the race as we have done in testing. The atmosphere here is fantastic which really helps to add to the experience. Fans have been queuing for days to get into the circuit and from what I've seen they're not going to be disappointed with the action on track!"
All four ALMS classes qualify tomorrow, Thursday 17th March, setting the grid order for Saturday's 53rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.