Dalziel impresses in Alabama Champ Car test Ryan Dalziel seized his opportunity to test with leading Champ Car World Series outfit PKV Racing yesterday and today (16-17th November) at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham. The 22-year-old ...
Dalziel impresses in Alabama Champ Car test
Ryan Dalziel seized his opportunity to test with leading Champ Car World Series outfit PKV Racing yesterday and today (16-17th November) at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham. The 22-year-old Scot impressed the sophomore team with both his pace and feedback in the #12 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone while tackling the physical demands of the 2.3-mile 16-turn Alabama circuit.
With co-team owner and 1996 Series Champion Jimmy Vasser watching over proceedings Dalziel yesterday became the first driver to run a Champ Car at Barber Motorsports Park and quickly reeled off some impressive lap times.
Conditions overhead were perfect for the duration of the test with Ryan ultimately ending the two days with a fastest lap of 1m06.4s, three tenths ahead of Sweden's Bjorn Wirdheim, the Jaguar Formula One test driver invited to run alongside Dalziel.
Jimmy Vasser was suitably pleased with the performance of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Runner-up:
"Some people thought this test was simply designed as a reward for Ryan for his performances in the Toyota Atlantic Championship this season but in my mind he deserved a test outright," commented Vasser.
He continued, "I wanted to make sure he had an equal test with the same time, attention and tires as anyone else. Since we arrived yesterday Ryan's been nothing short of spectacular. He hasn't put a foot wrong and his attitude and feedback have been professional. I've been very impressed with his performance and he has a great future in Champ Car!"
Dalziel was equally satisfied with the outcome of the test:
"Quite simply it's been a fantastic experience to test with PKV Racing and I really have to thank them for giving me this opportunity to get in and drive a Champ Car for a whole two days and prove what I can do behind the wheel,"
"It's been great having Jimmy here being pro-active throughout the test, I've really enjoyed working with him and the rest of the crew and I hope my performance here helps further my aims and ambitions for the 2005 season."
Dalziel's test concluded today with a 25-lap full fuel run rounding off 170 tours round the 2.3-mile circuit from the two days testing.