Podium promotes Dalziel The podium at Portland International Raceway hosted a delighted Ryan Dalziel today (Sunday 20th) as the 22-year-old Scot turned a difficult weekend around to score a second place finish in Round 5 of the Toyota Atlantic...
Podium promotes Dalziel
The podium at Portland International Raceway hosted a delighted Ryan Dalziel today (Sunday 20th) as the 22-year-old Scot turned a difficult weekend around to score a second place finish in Round 5 of the Toyota Atlantic Championship. More significantly Ryan's return to the rostrum has promoted him to third in the points table just three points off second place.
Having steered the #28 ProWorks Swift from a seventh place start to a fifth place finish at the 1.9-mile road course yesterday, Dalziel was determined to return to the podium for the first time since Long Beach in April. From third on the grid Ryan simply flew as the field was unleashed by the starter, passing a slow-starting pole winner Danica Patrick and edging alongside yesterday's winner Jon Fogarty.
With a mutual respect evident Fogarty and Dalziel passed cleanly into the first turn with the American gaining the advantage. From there the two drivers were the class of the field as they quickly pulled away from the pack as the 35-lap race unfolded. While Fogarty ultimately had the quicker car the dominance he enjoyed in yesterday's race was eradicated by an on-form Dalziel. Never more than a couple of seconds apart the duo were quickly on the backmarkers and lapping the field, with only the top ten finishers taking the flag on the lead lap.
Dalziel's second place finish, crossing the line 14 seconds ahead of Jonathan Bomarito in third, marks the 14th podium of his Toyota Atlantic career and his second Portland podium in three starts.
Following racing incidents in Mexico and Milwaukee and a slow start to this weekend thanks to regulation changes, Dalziel and his Sierra Sierra Enterprises crew were delighted to have a reversal of fortune and depart Oregon with a podium finish.
"The team has worked hard to turn things around this weekend," Ryan remarked post-race. "I had an awesome car today which is amazing given we were really struggling with set-up on Friday."
He continued, "I made a great start and it was pretty exciting heading into the first corner but Jon and I gave each other room and we had a trouble free race. It was important we scored well here and thanks to today's result we're still very much in the title fight and the tracks coming up on the schedule should suit us well!"
Jon Fogarty leads the title chase on 126 points with Danica Patrick second on 114 and Ryan a close third on 111.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship now heads back east to Cleveland for Round 6, the halfway point of the season, on Sunday 3rd July.