Sears Point: Ryan Dalziel preview

Dalziel back to Infineon Orlando, Florida (August 22, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel returns to Infineon Raceway, California for just his second career start at the Sonoma-based circuit this weekend, 24th-26th August. Lining up in Pacific ...

Dalziel back to Infineon

Orlando, Florida (August 22, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel returns to Infineon Raceway, California for just his second career start at the Sonoma-based circuit this weekend, 24th-26th August. Lining up in Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley, the penultimate round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series on Saturday offers Dalziel the chance to help the team crack the top-ten of the Daytona Prototype Team Standings.

Ryan's rollercoaster season, sharing driving duties with America's Alex Figge, took another turn last time out at Watkins Glen in Round 12 a couple of weeks back with a dubious penalty call from series officials denying the PCM pairing a top-five finish and potentially a shot at the top-three -- Dalziel rebounding to finish eighth and salvage the team's first top-ten in three starts.

The 24-year-old Scot was left fuming after the race having seen a strong finish evaporate with the subsequent awarding of his 'stop-and-go' penalty. Dalziel had been squeezed by former Toyota Atlantic rival Michael Valiante with the pair touching as the Canadian tried an ambitious move to pass around the outside at Turn 1 of the famous New York road course.

The points collected for eighth at Watkins move the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley to within five markers of the top-ten with just this weekend's 250-mile race at Infineon Raceway and September's 9-hour closer at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah left on the schedule which kick started way back in January with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Looking ahead to this weekend's 2-hour 45-minute endurance sprint Dalziel made his debut at the 2.52-mile Infineon Raceway last season, also with Pacific Coast Motorsports, as together they campaigned the veteran Corvette C5-R in the GT1 class of the American Le Mans Series. Unfortunately for all concerned the day ended in retirement having seen their entry barged off track by one of the leading LM1 Audi R8's.

Hoping for a more productive outing this time round Dalziel commented:

"Well for starters I'm hoping we steer clear of penalties this weekend! Unlike some we raced here last year so we know what to expect from the likes of the track and the weather. For sure we reckon it's going to be another hot race but we proved to be competitive last time out and the layout's not too dissimilar to Watkins so we should be in good shape for a decent finish and hopefully a move into the top-ten heading to Miller."

Round 13 at Infineon Raceway gets underway at on Saturday, 26th August, at 3pm PST with SPEED Channel broadcasting all the action as a tape delay the following day, Sunday 27th August at 3pm EST.

Timing and scoring can also be found online at: www.grandamerican.com

-credit: www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Michael Valiante , Alex Figge