Pacific Coast Motorsports set for Virginia debut Ventura, California (April 19, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to pastures new this weekend, 21st-23rd April, as the team competes for the first time at the Virginia International ...
Pacific Coast Motorsports set for Virginia debut
Ventura, California (April 19, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to pastures new this weekend, 21st-23rd April, as the team competes for the first time at the Virginia International Raceway with the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley in Sunday's 'VIR 400', Round 5 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Following the Daytona Prototype-only 90-minute sprint challenge on the streets of Long Beach last time out, Sunday's race at the 3.27-mile permanent road course combines both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes while reverting back to the regular 2-hour 45-minute time limit. Qualifying takes on a slightly different look with a 30-minute race on Saturday determining the grid order for Sunday's endurance event. The starting order for the qualifying race will be set by practice times.
PCM team-mates Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel look forward to competing at the challenging Virginia circuit, not least Dalziel who already has one career start under his belt from the same event last season. On that occasion the 24-year-old Scot was competing in the GT class and recorded a top-ten finish. His circuit knowledge will prove valuable in the early stages of practice on Friday as the team get the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley up to speed.
Finding pace hasn't been a problem for the Daytona Prototype rookies but four starts into the season the Ventura-based championship-winning team is still in search of a top-ten finish at the checkered. It looked likely to come in the previous round on 'home' soil at Long Beach, California with Alex Figge successfully qualifying and racing in the top-ten before handing over to Ryan Dalziel. Ryan then fought his way back up to ninth following an earlier racing incident and a questionable drive-through penalty, only to be spun out while challenging for eighth with four laps remaining.
PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic is keen to see the team capitalize on its potential:
"We're looking forward to this weekend! It's the first time we've raced at Virginia though we came to the event last season as spectators. We definitely feel like we have some unfinished business following Long Beach. I think we were unfairly penalized and maybe even unfairly branded as 'bad boys' due to events on-track. I don't think that was the case, I just think we had a faster car but just couldn't get it through to the front like we should have. We're definitely hoping to make up for some lost ground in Virginia this weekend.
"We know as a team that we have a lot of speed and potential but we just haven't been able to bring it to the finish line where we'd like and that's been really frustrating. We're looking forward to getting on-track this weekend and going for it again! Our focus has always been one race at a time but I'm hopeful that if we get a good finish this weekend it will lead to others. There's no room for error in this series, the level of competition just doesn't allow it!"
Alex Figge, like the team, is new to the Virginia track but is confident that he'll familiarize himself pretty quickly:
"To be honest it doesn't take too long to get to know a new circuit. All you need are a few laps at race pace and you get it down pretty quickly. Ryan's raced at VIR before so we can hopefully tap into his knowledge from last season with regards to the track at least, and from there we'll get on with it in practice. The qualifying race sounds pretty exciting but all in all, at least compared to the Long Beach event, I'm just happy to be getting more track time this weekend."
Ryan Dalziel is looking forward to his return to VIR following his GT debut there last season:
"We were just a support race at Long Beach so we had to be on it right from the off. We're back to our regular format now so we have a bit more time to look at set-up's and so on but we've enjoyed a quick car at each race so far this season, we've just been dogged by bad luck in the races! I can't wait to go racing this weekend and I'm sure that we'll be competitive again in Virginia. The track's quite technical but there are a couple of good, flat-out straights that could make for some fun overtaking opportunities."
The qualifying race for Round 5, the 'VIR 400', is set for Saturday at 1:15pm EST with Sunday's race starting at 1pm EST. SPEED Channel will cover all the action live from the Virginia International Raceway. Timing and scoring can also be found online at: www.grandamerican.com