Daytona debut for Dalziel brothers Orlando, Florida (June 27, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel will be hoping his third start in the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series proves to be the charm as the 23-year-old prepares for the 'Brumos...
Daytona debut for Dalziel brothers
Orlando, Florida (June 27, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel will be hoping his third start in the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series proves to be the charm as the 23-year-old prepares for the 'Brumos Porsche 250' at Daytona International Speedway, the seventh round of the championship on Thursday, 30th June. A broken water line at Homestead and a failed brake rotor at Watkins Glen prevented Peter Baron's SAMAX outfit and Dalziel from challenging for GT honors but Ryan hopes his Daytona debut can change the fortunes of the fledgling team!
Racing the #61 SAMAX Porsche 996 GT3 Cup car, Ryan's team-mate for Thursday night's 250-mile charge round Daytona's 3.56-mile road course is his older brother John, the elder Dalziel returning to road racing competition having competed in select ASA National Tour stock car events in America over the past couple of seasons.
Delighted to be given another opportunity to race for Peter Baron, Ryan's Daytona excursion comes off the back of a busy weekend fulfilling his team consultant commitments with PKV Racing in the Champ Car World Series in Cleveland and precedes his regular sports car ride in the American Le Mans Series with Pacific Coast Motorsport, the Orlando-resident jetting directly to Lime Rock Park following Thursday night's event to race the #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R in the 'New England Grand Prix', 1st-4th July.
"It's been a crazy few days that's for sure," Ryan explained. "We've been looking to put something together for both John and myself for a while now and I'm grateful to Peter for giving us the opportunity to partner together at Daytona. John and I have pursued slightly different career paths but I'm excited to see how the Dalziel boys perform together on Thursday."
He continued: "The week started well with another positive Champ Car event with PKV Racing. This month has seen the team go from strength-to-strength, capturing their first pole position in Milwaukee then their first series win at Portland. They were looking good for the win on Sunday before da Matta's retirement! Following Thursday's race I get back to my ALMS duties with Pacific Coast Motorsport. We're out in practice on Friday at Lime Rock Park before qualifying on Saturday and racing on Monday. I'm hoping we can enjoy another strong result in the privateer C5-R Corvette on Independence Day!"
For Ryan's brother John, Thursday's Daytona race offers an eagerly anticipated return to road course competition which began with a test opportunity for the 26-year-old at Moroso Motorsports Park with SAMAX earlier this year.
"I have to thank Peter for giving me the opportunity to return to my roots and get back into road racing," John commented. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time competing on ovals over the past couple of years, racing in the ASA National Tour taught me a lot but as soon as I tested the Porsche a couple of months back I knew I wanted to return to this form of competition. It's now down to me to take this opportunity and make an impression in the hope that I can secure additional races and gain more valuable seat-time in sports cars."
Impressed with both the Dalziel brothers, SAMAX team-owner Peter Baron looks forward to seeing his Scottish chargers in action at Daytona on Thursday.
"I'm thrilled to have Ryan back in the car and I'm hoping we can avoid the misfortunes that have hampered our joint efforts to-date. Ryan's the type of guy who knows how to get the most out of the car and the crew, he's blindingly quick and he's already demonstrated the ease at which he can learn new circuits. Daytona should also favor the straight-line performance of our car.
"I'm looking forward to seeing John race alongside his brother Ryan. We tested him earlier in the season and he was able to post times comparable to Ryan despite his lack of recent road course experience. I think together they make an exciting partnership, I have high expectations for the pair of them!"
Thursday's 'Brumos Porsche 250', Round 7 of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, gets underway at the Daytona International Speedway at 7:15pm EST. SPEED Channel will cover the on-track action live from 8pm EST onwards.