CHAMPCAR/CART: Dalziel joins PKV as consultant

PKV Racing hire Dalziel as consultant Orlando, Florida (5 April 2005) - PKV Racing has announced the hiring of 2003-2004 Toyota Atlantic series runner-up Ryan Dalziel as a 'consultant' for the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. The Scot had...

PKV Racing hire Dalziel as consultant

Orlando, Florida (5 April 2005) - PKV Racing has announced the hiring of 2003-2004 Toyota Atlantic series runner-up Ryan Dalziel as a 'consultant' for the 2005 Champ Car World Series season.

The Scot had tested with the squad last year at Barber Motorsports Park, and was considered for a 2005 race role until the signing of former Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta to partner Jimmy Vasser.

Dalziel's duties include working with the engineering staff, debriefing with the drivers and be a part of the outfit's marketing and PR efforts. At the moment, saved unscheduled mishaps, the team has no plans for the 22-year-old to test or race during this season.

"This is just one more example of how the Champ Car World Series ladder system can work to the benefit of both the teams and young drivers," said team (and series) co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "I am very pleased that Ryan will be working with PKV Racing this year and I look forward to watching him grow as a driver with our team."

"We feel that Ryan has tremendous potential and should be a part of our team on a daily basis," said PKV general manager Jim McGee to justify Dalziel's hiring. "This agreement allows us to further our relationship with an outstanding young driver while allowing Ryan to benefit by learning from two of the best drivers and one of the top engineering staffs in the Champ Car World Series."

"I feel very fortunate to have the chance to consult with, and be a part of, the PKV Racing team," said the Scot, who has 19 podiums in 36 Atlantic starts. "When a young driver is given the opportunity to learn from a manager like Jim McGee, championship drivers like Cristiano da Matta and Jimmy Vasser, plus work with one of the top engineering staffs, you don't have to think twice about saying yes. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I look forward to taking full advantage of it. Coupled with my on-going American Le Mans Series commitments with Pacific Coast Motorsports, the 2005 season looks set to be my busiest yet," Dalziel concluded.

Ryan will hook up with PKV Racing this weekend, 8th-10th April, at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the opening round of the 2005 Champ Car World Series before resuming his driving duties in the second round of the American Le Mans Series at Road Atlanta the following weekend, 15th-17th April.

Competing in the GT1 class, Dalziel will again partner Alex Figge behind the wheel of the #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R, the rookie sports car racers eager to capitalise on their top ten finish at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring last month.

-www.ryandalziel.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Figge , Kevin Kalkhoven , Cristiano da Matta