Dalziel on the pace as Mexico City beckons Mexico City, Mexico (March 03, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel kicked off preparations for this weekend's second round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, hosted at the Autodromo...
Dalziel on the pace as Mexico City beckons
Mexico City, Mexico (March 03, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel kicked off preparations for this weekend's second round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, hosted at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, by setting the third fastest practice time round the 2.5-mile road course yesterday, Thursday 2nd March.
Having had a month off since January's grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 23-year-old Scot was back behind the wheel of the Pacific Coast Motorsports-entered #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype, which he'll share with Alex Figge for the duration of the 14-round schedule.
Setting a flying lap of 1m23.332s in yesterday's second practice session, just two tenths of a second off the fastest Daytona Prototype time, Ryan and the rest of the PCM crew have good reason to be optimistic heading into Saturday's 250-mile race. Their current pace combined with a successful debut in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in last November's final round, also hosted in Mexico City, bodes well as the 2006 season shifts into gear.
Last time out at the Mexican track Dalziel made an immediate impression on his Daytona Prototype debut, placing in the top eight in qualifying then running as high as second prior to the driver changeover. Alex Figge maintained the team's superb performance, the American bringing the car home sixth at the checkered flag for the rookie squad ahead of some highly-rated campaigners. Figge assumes qualifying duties for this weekend's race and as a result will take the green flag on Saturday before handing over to Dalziel.
Looking ahead to the race Ryan commented:
"I love racing in Mexico City, I've always raced well here and I'm hoping to continue that trend this weekend. We had a great debut at the track last November and with the gains we've made in the car since then we're looking at no less than a podium finish as our goal for tomorrow. We've made improvements with the chassis and Hasselgren Engineering have done some great work with the Pontiac engine. I'm happy we're up there on the timesheets following practice yesterday and I hope we can reward Playboy, Vonage and Palms with a top-three finish at the checkered!"
Round 2 qualifying is set for today, Friday 3rd March, at 11:30am CST with tomorrow's 250-mile race starting at 3:15pm CST. JSPEED Channel will cover all the action from Mexico with the race shown as a tape delay starting at 8pm EST on Saturday evening.