Montreal: Starworks Motorsport preview

FOREST AND DALZIEL HOPE TO SING "O CANADA*" ON THE MONTREAL 200 PODIUM SATURDAY! Only two races remain in the 2010 Rolex Series season and the two Starworks Motorsport drivers, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest are anxious to start the weekend and ...


Only two races remain in the 2010 Rolex Series season and the two Starworks Motorsport drivers, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest are anxious to start the weekend and deliver their best performance of the season. For Starworks Motorsport the season so far has been brilliant. The team, re-launched by team owner, Peter Baron, in January, has made a lot of progress. Despite the #8 entry not entering or scoring points in the 1st round, after Watkins Glen three weeks ago, Starworks car entry #8 has moved to sixth in the team championship, only 8 points from 5th. The team's goal is to use the last two races to make up some positions with one of its goals to finish in the top five in team points. The primary goal remains to push hard for Ryan Dalziel to win the Driver's Championship, and see his co-driver Mike Forest, in the top 3 in points when the checkered flag waves on September 11th in Utah which will be a fantastic accomplishment for the Fort Lauderdale, Florida team.

The circuit, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River that is part of the city of Montreal was originally named the Île Notre-Dame Circuit. It was renamed in honor of Canadian Formula One driver, Gilles Villeneuve, following his death in 1982. The venue hosted the Champ Car World Series Grand Prix of Montreal from 2002 to 2006. Barriers run close to the circuit and many experienced drivers have been caught by them. A particularly famous part of the circuit is the wall on the outside of the exit of the final chicane. In 1999 the wall, which has on it the slogan, Bienvenue au Québec ("Welcome to Quebec") giving it the nickname "Mur du Québec" (Quebec Wall), ended the race of three Formula One World Champions, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve!

Mike Forest will be one of the few Rolex Series DP Canadian drivers that will race on the famed race track next week. "In Montreal our expectation is to win," announced Mike Forest. "It's a very real possibility, difficult but achievable".

Interestingly enough, Canadian DP drivers Mike Forest and Marc Wilkins are only separated by one point in the driver championship and if Dalziel and Forest finish ahead of Wilkins/Frisselle this weekend, Mike Forest will be the leading Canadian driver in the series with one race to go. "Interesting how Marc Wilkins and I are this close, but honestly I'm not too concerned about beating him or even thinking about the championship," Forest continued. "I'm headed to Montreal focused on trying to score a race win this year. If not there, then in Utah, but we should be strong at both".

Even if he was born in Edmonton, 2,240 miles away from Montreal, the Montreal 200 is the home race for Mike Forest and he is particularly excited about racing there. "Montreal is a great city to race in. It's an exciting track, great venue being that close to the city and then the fans are very supportive of the race events. The fans are probably the best of all of our events; the racing is such a big part of the culture there, a long history. Being the only Canadian event also helps my view of it."

When asked if he could win his home race Forest says: "Winning a race in this series would be an accomplishment, regardless of which city but it would have a little more meaning if it could happen on Canadian soil. In order to get that win, we need to keep doing what we have been doing. I know Bill Riley will have a great car for us and then we just need to race hard come Saturday," added Mike who also still has a chance of clinching the 2010 Jim Trueman award this year.

With two races to go, the Montreal 200 race will be a key race if Starworks Motorsport driver Ryan Dalziel wants a chance to win the 2010 team driver championship. To achieve this goal he must win and winning the Montreal race is marked as number one priority on Ryan's to do list for next Saturday's Montreal 200.

"I expect the Starworks car to be fast in Montreal," announced Ryan Dalziel. "I have always felt good around Montreal's circuit and I know Bill Riley has a good set up there so I am looking for great things. We need a good weekend".

Ryan is ready for the challenge and believes Starworks has something for the 01 car this Saturday. "I know we can beat them. But unfortunately that's not enough at this point. We need to not only win but we need them to not finish! Realistically, Chip Ganassi Racing does not have many problems so we cannot plan on that happening. All we can do at this point is press forward with our own plan, and that plan is to win the race".

Ryan believes that he can still win this driver championship. "I have to think that, and I will until mathematically that's no longer possible. Like I said, we are motivated as ever to win the next two races, and losing the 75 lbs. of weight will help us be more competitive. I know that Peter Baron and the #8 Corsa Car Care crew are working their butts off to give Mike and me the best car we have had in 2010. Those guys do the real work between races. I know we have made some gains in the car and Mike and I will not let them down" concluded Dalziel.

*"O Canada" is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Théodore Robitaille, for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée wrote the music as a setting of a French Canadian patriotic poem composed by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French and translated into English in 1906.

-source: starworks motorsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Ryan Dalziel , Peter Baron , Damon Hill , Gilles Villeneuve , Chip Ganassi , Mike Forest
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing