Dalziel dealt Daytona disappointment Orlando, Florida (June 30, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel came home a disappointing 16th in last night's tenth round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the 'Brumos Porsche 250' hosted at the Daytona...
Dalziel dealt Daytona disappointment
Orlando, Florida (June 30, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel came home a disappointing 16th in last night's tenth round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the 'Brumos Porsche 250' hosted at the Daytona International Speedway, Florida.
The 24-year-old Scottish racer was behind the eight ball as soon as he took control of Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley on lap 44 of 70 having witnessed his team-mate, American Alex Figge, out-brake himself at the Bus Stop chicane burying the front-nose of the Daytona Prototype in the dirt, subsequently ripping it off and forcing a three-lap green flag pit-stop just eight laps into the 250-mile race.
While the Pacific Coast Motorsports pit crew performed admirably to get the #89 Pontiac Riley back out on-track as fast as they could, the time spent languishing in the pits for the repairs cost Figge and Dalziel any hope they might have had of taking their fourth straight top-ten finish in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
Figge had started the race in 11th after qualifying had been cancelled due to a communication problem between race control and track safety officials. Down on track time, Figge broke the top-ten five laps in to the 250-mile event only to wipe-out the team's chances of a strong finish with his off-track incident three laps later. Ryan at least gained a lap back when he took control but despite enjoying a competitive car the damage had already been done and he came home 16th at the checkered flag, two-laps down on the race-winning #76 Krohn Racing entry driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Colin Braun.
Disappointed with the outcome of the race Ryan commented:
"The only positive we can really take away from tonight's result is the speed in the car. We ran with the overall winners in terms of lap times but we didn't get the opportunity to compete with them.JUsually we get a couple of full course cautions in these races but tonight, just as we needed them to help us out a little, they failed to appear in what was a pretty clean race. We'll put this behind us and move on!"
After a busy June, Dalziel gets set to enjoy a month-long break before returning to the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the 'Porsche 250' at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, 28th-30th July.