Daytona II: Pacific Coast Motorsports preview

Pacific Coast Motorsports faces one-day Daytona challenge Ventura, California (June 28, 2006) -- With no room for error, tomorrow's 'Brumos Porsche 250' at the Daytona International Speedway is set to provide Pacific Coast Motorsports with ...

Pacific Coast Motorsports faces one-day Daytona challenge

Ventura, California (June 28, 2006) -- With no room for error, tomorrow's 'Brumos Porsche 250' at the Daytona International Speedway is set to provide Pacific Coast Motorsports with a new challenge as they get set to practice, qualify and race the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype all in one day.

Thursday's day-long challenge is a first for the Ventura-based outfit but they head to the 3.56-mile road-course at the Daytona International Speedway fresh off the back of their third consecutive top-ten finish in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series with team-mates Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel successfully keeping the #89 Pontiac Riley out of trouble in last Saturday's 'EMCO Gears Classic' at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Their sixth place effort at the weekend marked the team's second highest finish since kicking off the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at the start of the year in Daytona. A second place podium finish in Phoenix last month was followed by a tenth at Watkins Glen then Saturday's sixth in Mid-Ohio. Firmly on a run, and delivering the results the pace of the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley demonstrated throughout the first half of the 14-round season, Pacific Coast Motorsports arrived at Daytona today confident of maintaining their recent form.

Currently knocking on the door of the top-ten in the Daytona Prototype team standings, sitting in eleventh just 15 points behind last weekend's winners, Fernandez Racing, both drivers and crew will look to their experiences from the season-opening 'Rolex 24 at Daytona' back in January to build on their performance and crack the top-ten in points.

On that occasion the #89 car proved competitive early on with Ryan Dalziel starting the race, carving his way through the field to second before handing over to David Empringham. The Canadian then logged the team's first lead lap before a series of pit visits eventually culminated in retirement in the early-hours of the Sunday morning.

With nine Daytona Prototype races under their belt since then, the former open-wheel championships are hungry for an improved performance at the famous Florida circuit and the ultimate test of practice, qualifying and racing on the same day.

Tyler Tadevic, PCM Team Director:

"Well for starters I'm really pleased with the job that Alex and Ryan did in Mid-Ohio. Not only did we pick up a top-six finish we kept the car in one piece which allowed us to have a fairly quick turnaround to prepare for tomorrows race at Daytona. It's our first time at a one-day event so for sure it's going to be a learning experience.

"Last time we raced at Daytona we were quick on the infield section but lacked a bit of horsepower for the oval section. I think they key to tomorrow's race will be to be quick out of the box. Secondly I think it's crucial to avoid any incidents or accidents throughout practice and qualifying. You just don't have time to make repairs with the schedule being the way it is. I'm looking forward to the challenge and confident we can maintain our run of form."

Ryan Dalziel:

"The key to this event is to be prepared for the first session. You have to be fast right from the off as you just don't have the usual freedom to play around with a variety of set-ups. Considering what we know about the car and the track I think we'll be in good shape for our return to Daytona. We need to continue our run of strong results and anything less than a top-six will be disappointing for us."

Alex Figge:

"It's going to be a fun event that's for sure. It's great that we're back in action so quickly after the last race although it's going to be a frantic day for all of us. The team has been doing an awesome job lately and I'm sure they'll rise to the challenge of our first one-day race meeting. Ryan and I have been pretty competitive lately and I'm confident that we'll be in the mix tomorrow night provided we have an event free day leading up the race."

Tomorrow's track action starts at 9:30am with an open practice session followed at 10:30am by a Daytona Prototype-only 30-minute session. Qualifying takes place at 12:40pm before the 2-hour 45-minute 'Brumos Porsche 250' gets underway at 7pm EST. SPEED Channel will broadcast all the action live from Daytona International Speedway.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , David Empringham , Alex Figge