With the start of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship a little over a month away, last year's runner-up, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, is channeling all his energies into preparing an all-out attack on the title with Sierra Sierra Racing. Next...
With the start of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship a little over a month away, last year's runner-up, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, is channeling all his energies into preparing an all-out attack on the title with Sierra Sierra Racing.
Next week Dalziel and Sierra Sierra Racing commence their pre-season test programme following a brief shakedown of the team's chassis last month. Before Ryan gets behind the wheel on Tuesday (9 March) he headlines the Toyota Atlantic driver representation at the OWRS Media Day on Monday (8 March) at the home of the series opener -- Long Beach, California. The 21-year-old race ace will attend the Toyota Atlantic Media Lunch at the Westin Long Beach Hotel before flying to Firebird International Raceway for several days testing.
Commenting on the week ahead Dalziel enthused about his return with Sierra Sierra Racing:
"Our test at Firebird will be our first productive outing of the year as last time out it was really to shakedown the cars and blow some of the cobwebs off. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and working with the team to further improve our set-up and performance. There are a couple of new specifications we need to try and out and we're now only allowed two sets of tires per day so we really have to extract the most from each session!
"It goes without saying that we are looking to improve this season. Together with everyone on the team I have no other goal other than to win the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship. I believe we can carry the momentum from the end of last season and start this year well placed to fight for the title."
The 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship commences on 18th April at Long Beach, California subsequently racing throughout America with cross-border excursions to Canada and Mexico. Ryan Dalziel claimed the runner-up spot in the 2003 series courtesy of wins at Milwaukee and Portland and a total of nine podium finishes from 12 starts.