Dalziel ready for Road America Two wins from the last three Toyota Atlantic outings have allowed Sierra Sierra Enterprises racer Ryan Dalziel to narrow the gap to series leader Jon Fogarty to just 13 points with four races remaining.
Dalziel ready for Road America
Two wins from the last three Toyota Atlantic outings have allowed Sierra Sierra Enterprises racer Ryan Dalziel to narrow the gap to series leader Jon Fogarty to just 13 points with four races remaining. Ryan's target for this Sunday's race, Round 9, hosted at the historic Road America circuit at Elkhart Lake is to reel Fogarty in further and if possible surpass the American's haul with a maximum of 35-points available from the weekend.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship returns to the 4.048-mile Wisconsin circuit for the first time since 2002. While the track may be new to the majority of the current line-up Ryan has prior knowledge thanks to his participation in the race in 2002 where he scored a top ten finish in his rookie season.
Dalziel's recent form has been impressive with flag-to-flag victories in Cleveland and Vancouver to add to his Long Beach triumph at the start of the season. The Scottish racer has also scored more pole positions than anyone else this year placing the #28 ProWorks entry at the head of the field four times in eight races. Last time out in Vancouver Ryan, in addition to dominating the race, broke the qualifying lap record and subsequently broke the race lap record on his second to last lap of the race!
It is this type of performance the 22-year-old Orlando resident is hoping for when he hits Road America tomorrow in Friday qualifying.
"A repeat of Vancouver would be great," Dalziel remarked. "I've raced at Road America before so that knowledge combined with a good set-up on the car should allow us to maintain our championship charge and hopefully see us return to the podium come Sunday afternoon."
Ryan added, "It's still extremely tight at the top of the points table and all it takes is one bad weekend to drop a couple of places. While I'm focused on winning every time I race the car we're at a crucial stage in the championship with just four races remaining. It's certainly exciting to be involved in such a battle and I'm sure this weekend's race at Road America will be equally thrilling."
Round 9 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship at Road America is scheduled to start at 12pm Eastern Time on Sunday 8th August.