(August 20, 2002) Irvine, California Keith Hylton, owner of the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Champions, Hylton Motorsports announced today that Ryan Dalziel will drive the ...
(August 20, 2002) Irvine, California Keith Hylton, owner of the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Champions, Hylton Motorsports announced today that Ryan Dalziel will drive the #9 Telemetry/Toyota/Swift in the two remaining events of the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Series.
A native of Lanarkshire, Scotland, Dalziel, 20, will begin driving for Hylton Motorsports this weekend at the Molson Indy Montreal, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, followed by the 12th and final round of the 2002 championship at the Grand Prix of Denver next week.
"We are very pleased to welcome Ryan to the team. Ryan has proven throughout his rookie season that he is capable of running up front every time he is in the car, and it would be great to get him into victory circle in a Hylton Motorsports car. I am quite sure the Ryan combination (Dalziel and teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay) will be a very competitive effort," said team owner, Keith Hylton.
After a successful season in the British Formula Three Championship last year, Dalziel chose to follow in the footsteps of his good friend and fellow countrymen, CART driver Dario Franchitti by coming to the United States to compete in the CART Toyota Atlantic Series, with the ultimate goal of the CART FedEx Championship Series. Dalziel joined Michael Shank Racing and finished second in his first-ever Atlantic event in Mexico. He has since recorded six top-ten finishes, eight top-ten starts and is currently ranked tenth in the Atlantic Championship and fifth in the Rookie of the Year chase.
Dalziel commented on his new team, "With two races to go, I know that I have the best possible opportunity to win by joining Hylton Motorsports. There is a lot of chemistry in this team, this group has worked together for a long time and they are proven winners, They won the championship last year and both cars have run very strong this year, I have not been in a situation like this in quite a while and I am extremely excited about it. I know I have the ability to win, but it takes a strong combination all the way through and that is something that I know I will have at Hylton Motorsports and that gives me a lot of confidence."
Dalziel will make his first appearance in the #9 Telemetry/Swift this Friday when practice begins for The Molson Indy Montreal. The schedule for round 11 of the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship in Montreal includes one practice session Friday, followed by qualifying Friday afternoon. Final qualifying will take place Saturday morning with the race Saturday afternoon. The race will be shown live on Speed Channel at 3:30 pm EST on Saturday, August 24th. For more information, please visit HyltonMotorsports.com, www.RyanDalziel.com, and ToyotaAtlantic.com.