Watkins Glen: SAMAX Motorsport adds Empringham

Empringham joins Zogaib and Dalziel at SAMAX Motorsport Daytona Prototype's first-ever winner joins the newest names on DP win list (Pompano Beach, FL) 4 June 2008--Already packing the hottest 1-2 punch in Rolex Sports Car Series competition...

Empringham joins Zogaib and Dalziel at SAMAX Motorsport
Daytona Prototype's first-ever winner joins the newest names on DP win list

(Pompano Beach, FL) 4 June 2008--Already packing the hottest 1-2 punch in Rolex Sports Car Series competition with the series' newest race winners Henri Zogaib and Ryan Dalziel, SAMAX Motorsport announced on Wednesday another powerful addition to the combination as David Empringham has been signed to join the squad for this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen.

The Indy Lights and two-time Atlantics Champion is no stranger to Daytona Prototype competition, having inscribed his name in the history books as the first-ever winner in the category. This weekend will see him join up with the two newest additions to that list with Zogaib and Dalziel in the No. 2 SAMAX Motorsports Dinan-BMW Riley combination as the duo look to take their Laguna Seca-winning momentum to Upstate New York this weekend.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm really excited to get back into Daytona Prototype competition with SAMAX," said Empringham, who scored fifth in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona in his last DP start. "Obviously this team is really clicking with Henri and Ryan taking the win at Laguna, and I'm happy to be a part of such a competitive situation. I've been working with the team the last few races and I'm just looking forward to getting going this weekend at the Glen."

Based in Toronto, Empringham brings a lot to the team from both inside and out of the cockpit.

"I couldn't be more pleased to have David on board as one of my co-drivers," said Zogaib, who will look to put his previous racing experience to good use on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen circuit this weekend. "He has been a fantastic coach and I know that he will do an excellent job in the car this weekend as well. The team has been doing an amazing job and we have a lot of momentum from the last two races, so we just want to keep that level of performance up again this weekend at the Glen."

The addition marks another step forward for the Pompano Beach, Florida-based team, which has rapidly grown strength during the 2008 season. After a challenging start to the year in the Rolex 24, SAMAX team owner Peter Baron made the move to Dinan-BMW power as he teamed Ryan Dalziel with Henri Zogaib, and the combination has proven effective, taking three top tens in four races including second place at VIR and then a thrilling race victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

"We are excited to have David (Empringham) get in the car for us this weekend at the Glen," said Baron. "I raced against him in Atlantics and have followed him ever since. David worked with Phil (LePan) when he won the Lights Championship and he was key as our spotter at Laguna. He already knows most of the guys on the team so it's a great fit. He also brings a lot to the team as a coach, so we are happy to be able to bring him on board and are looking forward to getting off to a good start here at the Glen."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Peter Baron , Henri Zogaib