Ryan heads for the border This weekend sees the Toyota Atlantic field head south to Mexico for Round 2 of the series, hosted at Fundidora Park, Monterrey. For the first time in his Toyota Atlantic career Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heads to a...
Ryan heads for the border
This weekend sees the Toyota Atlantic field head south to Mexico for Round 2 of the series, hosted at Fundidora Park, Monterrey. For the first time in his Toyota Atlantic career Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heads to a race sitting high at the top of the points table courtesy of an outstanding performance at Long Beach last month.
Dalziel, riding off the back of a season-high nine podium finishes in 2003, arrived in California determined to kick start his championship bid from the very first session. The 22-year-old failed to disappoint with pole position, fastest race lap and a lights to flag victory capping off a stellar opening weekend for the #28 ProWorks Sierra Sierra Enterprises racer.
Ryan had little time to celebrate as the team flew north the day after the race to test at Portland International Raceway in preparation for Rounds 4 and 5 to be held there in June. Dalziel once again topped the time sheets before heading to his native Scotland for a short break.
Back home Ryan found time to catch up with family and friends but his success Stateside has continued to attract the attention of the Scottish press and he duly accommodated all interview requests before flying back to his Orlando base yesterday evening. With barely enough time to unpack Ryan's now got his sights set on adding to his points tally and extending his lead of the Toyota Atlantic Championship this weekend in Mexico.
"I love racing in Mexico," exclaims Dalziel. "Fundidora Park's a great venue with a great race track and more importantly some of the most enthusiastic spectators in the world! I really enjoy racing there, not least for the challenge as the characteristics of the circuit are different each time you head out of the pits."
He continued, "There's barely any grip when you run your first practice session but as the weekend continues gradually more and more rubber's put down. It's a very smooth circuit but as I said, it's never quite the same from session to session. We struggled a bit there last season but we had very little seat time prior to the race. I'm confident we'll be on the pace this weekend, we'll take the lessons learned from the end of last season and the start of this one and continue to put them into practice."
Monterrey holds fond memories for the young Scot as he earned a second-place podium finish at the 2.1-mile permanent road course on his Toyota Atlantic debut in 2002. The action commences this weekend with qualifying on Friday and Saturday prior to Sunday's 32-lap Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey.