Home top-five for Pacific Coast at Infineon Ventura, California (August 27, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports enjoyed a top-five 'home' finish in yesterday's 'Sonoma 250' at the Infineon Raceway, California as Alex Figge...
Home top-five for Pacific Coast at Infineon
Ventura, California (August 27, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports enjoyed a top-five 'home' finish in yesterday's 'Sonoma 250' at the Infineon Raceway, California as Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel raced the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype to a fifth place finish in Round 13 of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Racing in their native California for the third time this season, Pacific Coast Motorsports arrived keen to build on the performance of the #89 Pontiac Riley from the previous outing at Watkins Glen, where an unwarranted penalty reduced them to a still competitive eight place showing, and they kicked off the weekend in the top-ten courtesy of Alex Figge's tenth place qualifying effort on Friday afternoon.
Figge took the start of yesterday's 250-mile race on the undulating 2.52-mile Infineon road and the American wasted little time in unleashing the potential of the car as he climbed through the order to challenge the race leaders. From the field of 25 Daytona Prototype runners Alex carved his way up to fifth before the first full course caution of the race presented a useful opportunity for the driver handover to Ryan Dalziel on lap 23.
The Scotsman duly hopped into the #89 car, fuelled up and sporting a fresh set of Hoosier tires in the process, and found himself holding station in fifth as the running order filtered through when green flag racing resumed on lap 27. A front-runner throughout, Dalziel passed the #58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley for fourth on lap 44 but through the next series of stops, this time under green flag conditions, the 24-year-old dropped back to fifth.
Regardless the Pacific Coast Motorsports crew enjoyed one of their most competitive outings to-date at Infineon and as the checkered flag waived at the end of the 2-hour 45-minute endurance sprint Dalziel came home a spirited fifth running nose-to-tail with the race leaders, the #1 Lexus Riley driven by Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz taking the spoils of victory, their fifth of the season.
Happy to be fighting at the sharp end of the grid PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic reflected:
"It's good to finally get a decent result! We've been knocking on the door all year long and while we had a podium car we'll take top five and be happy about it and move on to the final race of the season in Utah this weekend."
Ryan Dalziel was pleased with the outcome of the race and the team's second straight top-ten finish in August:
"I thought it was a good race! There weren't any crazy incidents and we managed to stay out of trouble to run right at the front with the leaders. It's a fun track to race on and we were a lot faster this year in the Daytona Prototypes than we were last year in the Corvette.
Overall we're happy with the result and look forward to a suitably strong showing to wrap the season at Miller Motorsports Park."
Satisfied with a trouble-free and competitive stint, Alex Figge commented:
"It was great to be up there mixing it at the front. We broke the top-ten in qualifying although there's still some work to be done there but as usual our race pace was up there with the best of them and that showed here today. I had a blast making my way through the field to fifth and Ryan was able to keep the car there in what was a close finish at the end. Hopefully we'll carry this momentum into Saturday's 9-hour race in Utah to close the season out in style."
The 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series concludes with the 'Discount Tire Sunchaser' hosted at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Saturday 2nd September, the 9-hour race scheduled to start at Noon local time.