Downpour dashes Dalziel's qualifying hopes Orlando, Florida (March 17, 2005) -- Torrential rain washed away Ryan Dalziel's hopes of making his American Le Mans Series qualifying debut at Sebring International Raceway this afternoon. The ...
Downpour dashes Dalziel's qualifying hopes
Orlando, Florida (March 17, 2005) -- Torrential rain washed away Ryan Dalziel's hopes of making his American Le Mans Series qualifying debut at Sebring International Raceway this afternoon. The 22-year-old Scot was all set to qualify the Pacific Coast Motorsports #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R for Saturday's 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring until the menacing Florida skies opened up and washed out most scheduled track activities.
With ALMS officials opting to cancel both qualifying sessions on safety grounds, the provisional grid order has subsequently been determined by combining Wednesday's average practice times. As a result, Ryan, together with PCM team-mates Alex Figge and David Empringham, will start sixth in the GT1 class and 15th overall for Saturday's prestigious 12-hour endurance event.
"It was a good call by the officials," commented Dalziel. "While we were able to run this morning in the wet it would be too dangerous to have everyone out on track in qualifying gunning for a fast lap time with conditions as bad as they were. It's a little frustrating as we were quick this morning and yesterday we were concentrating on race strategy and set-up's and not necessarily on pure speed therefore our average lap time isn't a true reflection of where we might have qualified had it been dry!"
Looking ahead to the race Ryan reflected, "I'm really looking forward to Saturday morning and getting this thing underway! I have the honor of starting the race and with the team as pumped as I am about it I think we're in for an exciting ALMS debut. I'm hoping we can get up and challenge the likes of the Aston Martins and ultimately go the distance. I'm confident we'll do a good job and from there we'll see how everything pans out over the 12 hours!"
Pacific Coast Motorsports are back on track tomorrow in final practice before Saturday's race, the opening round of the 2005 American Le Mans Series, gets underway at 10:45am EST with SPEED Channel broadcasting live from Sebring throughout the day.