Dalziel confident heading to Virginia Orlando, Florida (April 18, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel heads to the Virginia International Raceway this weekend, 21st-23rd April, keen to use Sunday's 'VIR 400' to kick-start what's been a frustrating rookie...
Dalziel confident heading to Virginia
Orlando, Florida (April 18, 2006) -- Ryan Dalziel heads to the Virginia International Raceway this weekend, 21st-23rd April, keen to use Sunday's 'VIR 400' to kick-start what's been a frustrating rookie season so-far driving the Pacific Coast Motorsports #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
The 24-year-old Scot, along with American team-mate Alex Figge, has time and again showcased the pace and potential of the #89 car but events on-track have continued to conspire against them denying both drivers the opportunity to best their top Daytona Prototype finish to-date, a sixth place finish on their series debut in Mexico in the 2005 season finale.
At the last outing in Long Beach Ryan was looking good for taking the team's first top-ten finish of the year as he sat ninth with four laps remaining. Having successfully fought his way back into the top-ten following an earlier clash and a subsequent drive-through penalty, the former Long Beach race winner was challenging for eighth when he was spun out at the first turn by reigning co-champion Max Angelelli. He recovered but with little track time remaining he could only place 16th at the checkered.
Dalziel's determined to bounce back in Sunday's fifth round but states that his approach heading into the 2-hour 45-minute race at the 3.27-mile permanent road-course will be no different from his previous starts this season.
"I'm certainly as confident heading into this weekend as I was heading into Long Beach. We had a front running car as we demonstrated despite our limited track time. We should have come away with at least a top-eight finish as I was up there at the end before being taken out. J"We know we have a good car and the team has worked extremely hard to allow us to perform at the front. Certain things just haven't gone our way but hopefully we can turn it around this weekend. I've raced at VIR before and I'm pretty sure the track layout, not least the two long straights, should suit the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley."
Ryan has one career start at the Virginia International Raceway under his belt. He raced there last season in October's Rolex Sports Car Series visit except on that occasion he competed in the GT division in a Porsche GT3. Despite a broken roll bar and the loss of second gear, the Orlando-based Scot successfully recorded a ninth place GT finish partnered with Mark Greenberg.
Qualifying for this weekend's 'VIR 400' takes place on Saturday at 1:15pm EST with the race broadcast live on Sunday at 1pm EST on Speed TV.
Live timing and scoring can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com