Daytona 24: Pacific Coast Motorsports Thursday report

PCM take 17th after a tough day at the Beach Daytona Beach, Florida (January 27, 2006) - Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") qualified the ...

PCM take 17th after a tough day at the Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida (January 27, 2006) - Pacific Coast Motorsports ("PCM") qualified the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype 17th on the grid for Saturday's 44th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona following a tough first day at the Daytona International Speedway yesterday, Thursday 26th January.

The opening round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series kicked off at the 3.56-mile Daytona Beach circuit with two practice sessions leading the way into a 15-minute Daytona Prototype qualifying session later in the afternoon. A blown head gasket in the first session promptly curtailed much of PCM's track time as the team worked feverishly to replace the motor prior to qualifying.

With next to no track time recorded on the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley, Scotland's Ryan Dalziel was charged with qualifying duties and he promptly delivered a lap of 1m45.424s, fast enough for 17th on the grid for Saturday's 24 hour endurance classic.

Reflecting on yesterday's events Team Director Tyler Tadevic commented:

"It was a tough day for sure. We barely had the brakes bedded in when we had our motor problems in the first practice session. We missed a whole load of track time as a result. Ryan pretty much qualified with the same settings that were on the car when it came off the back of the truck so all things considered, and with the level of competition in the Daytona Prototype class, I think he did a great job.

"We have a brand new engine development program this season and we're looking to step up the power available to us. We'll keep learning while we're here and we'll make the gains necessary as the season progresses. We'll see what happens in the first practice session today then I think we'll probably skip the second one and just keep on with our preparations for tomorrow's start!"

Ryan Dalziel took the positives from a frustrating start to the weekend:

"Sure we wanted to be higher up the grid but we have to be satisfied that we're comfortably on the first qualifying grid and can now spend some more time preparing for the race. I'm going to be starting tomorrow so I'll be doing all I can to stay on the lead lap and move us forward before I have to hand over to the rest of the crew."

Alex Figge (USA), Ryan Dalziel (Scotland), David Empringham (Canada) and Jon Fogarty (USA) will share driving duties in the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype.

The 44th Rolex 24 at Daytona gets underway at 12pm on Saturday 28th January.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Alex Figge