Watkins Glen: Pacific Coast Motorsports preview

Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to 'The Glen' Ventura, California (May 30, 2006) -- Buoyed by their first ever Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype podium finish, scored last time out in Phoenix, Pacific Coast Motorsports...

Pacific Coast Motorsports heads to 'The Glen'

Ventura, California (May 30, 2006) -- Buoyed by their first ever Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype podium finish, scored last time out in Phoenix, Pacific Coast Motorsports now heads across the country to Watkins Glen, New York to campaign the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley in this weekend's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen', 1st-3rd June.

The team's second place finish in Round 7 in Phoenix earlier this month was a welcome result having consistently been amongst the pace-setters since the season began in January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Despite the speed demonstrated in the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley, piloted by America's Alex Figge and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, the team was repeatedly dogged by bad luck through the first six rounds, failing to score a top-ten race finish heading to Arizona.

Dalziel and Figge put that run of misfortune firmly behind them at the Phoenix International Raceway and despite having to endure some mechanical issues, the #89 car raced its way to second place for a well-earned and long overdue Rolex Sports Car Series podium, the result placing the Californian team 12th in the Daytona Prototype points standings at the halfway marker just a handful of points from breaking the top-ten.

Saturday's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen' will again be a test of endurance as the field tackles the historic 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International Circuit in New York. The extended race, compared to the usual 2-hour 45-minute sprints, presents teams with the challenges of endurance and reliability with survival key to a strong finish at the end of a frantic six hours of racing. Sticking with a two-driver line-up for Saturday's event, Pacific Coast Motorsports hopes to carry the momentum from their Phoenix podium into this weekend's race.

Tyler Tadevic, PCM Team Director, reflected on the team's recent performance and looked ahead to Saturday's competition at 'The Glen':

"Looking back at our result in Phoenix I was really stoked that we competed so well against what can only be described as stout competition. The podium finish was a great result for us and hopefully a catalyst for the remainder of the season. We work hard every single time we race and this weekend will be no different.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how we perform over the six hours at Watkins Glen. We've isolated and remedied the motor issue that we had in Phoenix, although thankfully it didn't prevent us from seeing the checkered. Alex and Ryan will again share the driving duties and I've got high hopes for the two of them. Their driving styles are dramatically different but we've found a happy middle ground for them in setting up the car. I'm hoping we'll see that translated into another strong result for the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley!"

Ryan Dalziel:

"I'm pretty confident heading to Watkins Glen and I'm going there armed with some circuit knowledge having been there twice last year in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class. I'll be hoping for better luck this time round as I failed to finish either of those races thanks to mechanical gremlins. I think we'll be competitive with the #89 Pontiac Riley and if we can continue to carry the sprit and determination that finally led us to the podium I'm sure we'll be looking at another decent result come Saturday evening."

Alex Figge:

"The podium seemed like a long time coming but we've always known that as a team we have the capability to run at the front. We've demonstrated the speed of the car but for whatever reason things haven't always gone our way. Hopefully Phoenix will mark the turning point for us and we can continue to challenge at the head of the pack and deliver the kind of results we're used to as a team."

Qualifying for the 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen' takes place at 4:15pm EST on Friday before Saturday's race gets underway at 2:30pm EST. SPEED Channel will broadcast the race live from Watkins Glen starting at 2:30pm EST, Saturday 3rd June.

-www.pcmracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge