Dalziel set for busy return to Daytona Orlando, Florida (June 28, 2006) -- A mere five days will have passed between last Saturday's ninth round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Round 10, ...
Dalziel set for busy return to Daytona
Orlando, Florida (June 28, 2006) -- A mere five days will have passed between last Saturday's ninth round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Round 10, the 'Brumos Porsche 250' at the Daytona International Speedway tomorrow night, Thursday 29th June.
Scotland's Ryan Dalziel is savoring the seat-time as he prepares to race Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype. With three straight top-ten finishes to their credit, Dalziel and team-mate Alex Figge have reason to be optimistic they can make it four-straight top-ten's as they prepare to race under the lights tomorrow night at the famed 3.56-mile Florida track.
Having kept out of trouble in last Saturday's 'EMCO Gears Classic' and scoring their second highest finish of the season with a sixth place effort, the Dalziel-Figge combination is proving to be a consistent force since they turned their season around with a second place podium finish in Phoenix last month.
The challenge for Thursday is to be quick immediately with no room in the schedule for error. With practice, qualifying and the 250-mile race all taking place in the one day, Daytona International Speedway, home of the Rolex Sports Car Series season-opening twice round-the-clock 'Rolex 24 at Daytona' classic, will once again test the competition like no other event.
Dalziel, along with Pacific Coast Motorsports, made his debut in the 'Rolex 24 at Daytona' back in January and he powered the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley as high as second during his opening stint. Unfortunately for all concerned, despite a valiant maiden effort, the team was forced to call it a day in the early-hours of the Sunday morning with engine-related issues.
While on that occasion Daytona was less than forgiving, the 24-year-old Orlando-resident can at least look back to last season's 'Brumos Porsche 250' where he enjoyed a more competitive outing in Florida in the Rolex Sports Car Series. Partnering his brother John in a Porsche GT3 Cup car in the GT class, the Scottish siblings captured a third place podium as they teamed together for the first time since 2000.
Looking ahead to tomorrow's one-day challenge Ryan commented:
"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 time 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."
Tomorrow night's 'Brumos Porsche 250' at Daytona starts at 7pm EST with SPEED Channel broadcasting the race live -- www.grandamerican.com