Sierra Sierra Announces Two Car Assault on the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship Minden, Nevada (Feb. 10, 2004) -- Sierra Sierra Enterprises announced their 2004 line-up today; 2003 race-winner and series runner-up Ryan Dalziel will return to ...
Sierra Sierra Announces Two Car Assault on the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship
Minden, Nevada (Feb. 10, 2004) -- Sierra Sierra Enterprises announced their 2004 line-up today; 2003 race-winner and series runner-up Ryan Dalziel will return to drive the #28 ProWorks/Daily Record entry. He will be joined by series newcomer and 2003 Fran Am Champion, Andrew Ranger. Sierra Sierra is entering their second full season in the Toyota Atlantic series, after finishing second in the championship last year and earning nine podium finishes in the 12 race series. Team owners Dennis and Diane Kottke commented on their driver line-up, "2003 was a year of learning and development for us and we believe in 2004 with Ryan and Andrew that Sierra Sierra clearly poses a very serious threat both to the Championship and the Rookie of the Year title."
Dalziel, 21 from Glasgow, Scotland joined Sierra Sierra last year and had an extraordinary sophomore season in Atlantics. He earned two pole-to-flag victories and nine podium finishes en-route to his second place finish in the 2003 championship. A 10x karting champion, the amiable Scot came to America from the British F3 series where he drove for the Prost F1 Junior Team and recorded 17 top-ten finishes. Dalziel earned his first Atlantic victory early last season at the Milwaukee Mile, dominating throughout the event despite it being just his second race ever on an oval. Accomplished at all of Atlantic's disciplines, he is a favorite for the 2004 Atlantic title. "My thanks go to Dennis and Diane Kottke for bringing me back this year. They have assembled an outstanding team with whom I have a great relationship. We have the fastest and most reliable cars in the paddock and my intentions are to take our results one step further this year and win the championship," said Dalziel. "It is an exciting time for Toyota Atlantics, running under the OWRS umbrella and I am proud to be part of it. I plan to drive Champ Cars in the future and it gives me great confidence knowing that I am getting the best preparation possible in and out of the car driving for the best team in the competitive Atlantic series."
Andrew Ranger 17, from Roxton Pond, Quebec made the transition from karts to cars last year while competing in the Fran Am 2000 series. Ranger's transition was flawless. He dominated the series championship with four pole positions, five victories and nine podium finishes. The former Canadian karting champion began racing just four years ago at the age of 13 and became the first Canadian to win the FIA/CK Viking trophy in Denmark in 2002. Ranger commented on his step up the Champ Car ladder, "I am really proud to make the step up to Atlantic, particularly with a leading team like Sierra Sierra. I am especially motivated coming off of the exceptional season I had last year. I had a two-day test with Sierra Sierra and after working with David Empringham and their engineers, I knew it would be the best opportunity for me to develop my ability and fight for the Rookie of the Year title. I have a fantastic company backing me which we will be announcing soon, it is going to be an exciting season."
Sierra Sierra recently completed their first test of the season with Dalziel and Ranger, Manager of Driver Development and two-time Toyota Atlantic Champion David Empringham left the test very confident for the upcoming 2004 season, "I am excited to have two gifted drivers to work with this year. We have the perfect environment to attack the 2004 Championship. I feel fortunate to be working with Ryan again and now to have Andrew on board gives us so much added strength. It's hard to believe this 17 year-old (Ranger) has only one season of experience racing cars," exclaimed Empringham.
Based in Northern Nevada, Sierra Sierra Enterprises is led by championship winning team manager Richard Raeder. The team has a rigorous test schedule planned in preparation for the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship, which kicks off at the 30th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. For more information, photos and statistics please visit www.sierrasierra.com.