Dalziel set for Miami Sports Car debut Orlando, Florida (March 03, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel will make his sports-car career debut this weekend as a late entry in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series second round, hosted at the ...
Dalziel set for Miami Sports Car debut
Orlando, Florida (March 03, 2005) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel will make his sports-car career debut this weekend as a late entry in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series second round, hosted at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday 5th March. The 22-year-old 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship runner-up will pilot the TRG East No.61 Porsche 911 GTR Cup car in the GT class of the 250-mile race alongside former Toyota Atlantic rival, America's Bryan Sellers.
TRG East, owned by Peter Baron, scored a third-place GT finish in the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona last month, the opening round of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and the first race for Baron's new team. Dalziel and Sellers should prove to be a powerful combination with Dalziel a back-to-back runner-up in the Toyota Atlantic Championship (2003-04) and Sellers winner of the 2003 Formula Ford Zetec Championship.
Dalziel, who enjoyed a stellar 2004 season with four wins, five pole positions and seven podium finishes as well as a two-day test with Champ Car World Series front-runners PKV Racing last November, is looking forward to his Grand American debut -- his first race start with a roof over his head!
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to race at Homestead-Miami this weekend," Ryan remarked. "I have to thank Peter Baron and TRG East for offering me the chance to make my sports-car debut, racing the Porsche 911 GTR is a new challenge and one I'm certainly relishing. It's been a long off-season so I can't wait to strap in and return to competitive racing. Bryan and I know each other fairly well thanks to our time competing against each other in the Toyota Atlantic Championship so I'm looking forward to working with him for the first time this weekend."
Peter Baron is equally enthusiastic about TRG East's No.61 driver line-up.
"Since our podium finish at Daytona on our initial outing, we've had a lot of interest from drivers about potential opportunities at Rolex Series events later this year," Baron said. "We spent the last three weeks putting together a program that represents where we want to take TRG East, culminating in the agreement to put Bryan and Ryan in the car. They're the fastest, youngest guys around -- just like TRG East. They have proven their ability in the past and they have the talent to win future championships. We're thrilled they've chosen to run their first sports-car race with us."