Dalziel Set For Western Showdown Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is preparing for a classic western shootout this weekend (10th-12th September) in Monterey, California as he faces-off to America's Jon Fogarty for the final time this season to settle...
Dalziel Set For Western Showdown
Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is preparing for a classic western shootout this weekend (10th-12th September) in Monterey, California as he faces-off to America's Jon Fogarty for the final time this season to settle what has been an enthralling fight for the Toyota Atlantic crown.
The dominant duo head to the 2.238-mile permanent road-course at Laguna Seca for the 12th and final round of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship just five points apart, 294-289 in Fogarty's favor. Both drivers know that the additional bonus points for qualifying, leading the most laps and setting the fastest lap of the race could be the difference between winning and losing the title.
Ryan, with four wins, three second place finishes and five pole positions, has clawed his way back into contention during the second half of the season, slashing the 19-point advantage that Fogarty held at one stage to level the championship after first qualifying last time out in Montreal. While Fogarty turned the tables on race day, claiming victory a mere half second ahead of Dalziel in second place, the 22-year-old Scot's fastest race lap ensured he would arrive in California just five points behind the former series champion.
Dalziel, piloting the Sierra Sierra Enterprises #28 ProWorks entry, is confident of a good showing, well aware that a perfect weekend, subject to Jon Fogarty's race finish, is required for his championship charge. Ryan has already proved this season that it is possible to sweep the points available with his performances in Long Beach and Cleveland ensuring the Scottish ace scored a 35-point maximum at each event.
Ryan can similarly take comfort in the fact that the Monterey circuit has been kind to him in the past, the 2003 series runner-up placing fourth on his Atlantic debut there in 2002 and second last year behind eventual champion A.J. Allmendinger.
Previewing this weekend's title showdown Ryan commented:
"I'm really looking forward to taking the title fight all the way to the wire. Laguna's been a happy hunting ground in the past and it's certainly a track I enjoy racing on. I'm confident the team will give me a good car, after that it's up to me to do the job behind the wheel. It's been a close fight with Jon and I think it will be a case of winner takes all come Sunday's race. I'm simply looking for a strong showing from the very start and from there everything else will follow."
Sunday's 30-lap season finale is scheduled for 10:30am Pacific Time. Live timings from all sessions and the final driver standings will be available online at www.toyotaatlantic.com