Dalziel's Mid-Ohio progress thwarted Orlando, Florida (August 29, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel's second visit of the year to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course proved to be an eventful affair on Saturday, 27th August, as the Orlando-based racer competed in the...
Dalziel's Mid-Ohio progress thwarted
Orlando, Florida (August 29, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel's second visit of the year to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course proved to be an eventful affair on Saturday, 27th August, as the Orlando-based racer competed in the 'EMCO Gears Classic', Round 10 of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Teamed with Boston's Mark Greenberg behind the wheel of the #71 SAMAX Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car, the Scottish-American pairing proved their turn of speed but would ultimately exit the 250-mile race having been black-flagged with 67-laps clocked due to sustained damage which subsequently shorted the electrics to the car's headlights -- working order required to finish the race.
Ryan's team-mate and the car's owner, Mark Greenberg, handled qualifying duties at the 2.258-mile track on Friday, placing them 17th in the GT class from a massive Grand-Am grid turn-out of 44 entries. Greenberg carried his driving duties into Saturday's race, taking the start and successfully running on the lead lap throughout his designated stint.
When the time came to hand over to Ryan, a smooth transition saw the 23-year-old Scot back out on track and running as high as fifth. SAMAX Racing's strategy was looking good when the team then opted to pit Ryan before everyone else. Their efforts would be thwarted however as contact between Gleason, driving the #22 BMW M3, and Dalziel along the main straight resulted in the front bumper on the #71 Porsche ripping off.
Ryan hit the pits to see what the team could do to repair the car and while they got him back out on track he would have to pit once again for further work. Sitting idle cost valuable track position and needless to say Dalziel dropped off the lead lap thanks to Gleason's contact.
While Ryan was confident he could make up for lost time officials then black-flagged him as the car's headlights wouldn't come on when it became mandatory for all cars to run with them in the later stages. The electrical issues were likely a result of the earlier damage done to the car, the team calling Ryan back to pit lane and into retirement.
Frustrated to exit the race in such manner, Dalziel commented:
"It's disappointing to be black-flagged, especially given how fast the car was running. I think the problems we had with the lights snowballed from the clash with Gleason when the bumper was ripped off. The team worked hard in the pits but we lost out on position.
"I reckon we could have climbed back up the order but it wasn't to be as we were forced to pit once and for all! We proved the speed in the car and it was great to be teamed up again with Mark and Peter Baron's SAMAX Racing squad. Hopefully we'll enjoy a little more luck next time out!"