Sears Point: Pacific Coast Motorsports DP preview

Top-Ten Goal as Pacific Coast Motorsports Heads to Infineon Ventura, California (August 21, 2006) -- California's Infineon Raceway plays host to the penultimate round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series this Saturday, 26th August,...

Top-Ten Goal as Pacific Coast Motorsports Heads to Infineon

Ventura, California (August 21, 2006) -- California's Infineon Raceway plays host to the penultimate round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series this Saturday, 26th August, with Pacific Coast Motorsports hoping the return to home soil will provide the springboard they need to power the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype into the top-ten of the Team Standings as the season draws to a close.

Currently banging on the door in eleventh place, just five points back from tenth overall, PCM exited the previous round at Watkins Glen, Round 12's 'Crown Royal 200 at The Glen', ruing a questionable penalty call from officials which cost them an almost certain top-five finish if not a potential return to the podium for the first time since Round 7 in May.

Despite this Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel steered the #89 Pontiac Riley to eighth place and a welcome return to the top-ten following a two-race blip. As a result the team heads to the 2.52-mile Infineon Raceway this week keen to build momentum heading towards the 9-hour season-closer at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, Saturday 2nd September.

While this Saturday's 250-mile race heralds the first time the Rolex Sports Car Series has visited the Sonoma-based circuit, PCM arrives armed with recent track knowledge having contested a sports car race there last season. Although the team's Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype will prove to be a different beast around the undulating circuit, formerly known as Sears Point, the pace demonstrated by Figge and Dalziel at the last round bodes well heading into this weekend's second-to-last outing.

Happy to be back in California PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic commented:

"We're really pleased to be back in our home state for the third time this season and especially as we'll be competing in both the Daytona Prototype class and the GT class this weekend. Unfortunately we haven't had the opportunity to test the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley at Infineon but we still feel like we'll be able to be on the pace and keep building our database of knowledge for next season.

"We're coming off of what would have at least been a top-five performance from the last race at Watkins if it hadn't been for what we can only call an undeserved penalty, especially after further review as we feel the penalty wasn't warranted. That said we'll take it on the chin and head into this next race with that in mind and tread lightly without sacrificing speed!"

Ryan Dalziel was of a similar frame of mind as he previewed this weekend's outing:

"I'm hoping to steer clear of a penalty that's for sure! We raced here last year so we know what to expect from the circuit layout and the weather. For sure we expect it to be hot and the configuration isn't too dissimilar from Watkins Glen where we last raced and were competitive. I'm looking forward to a strong showing and cracking the top ten in the points chase."

Looking at areas to build on as season's-end nears Alex Figge remarked:

"I think we've got to look at qualifying as an area of improvement as our race pace has been up there with the best of them! If we can tweak our performance in qualifying and help ourselves there then I think we'll be in even better shape for the races. We were racing at the front at Watkins so we'll want to continue that at Infineon this weekend and make sure we stay out of trouble!"

-credit: www.pcmracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge