CRA: John Dalziel makes debut at Baer Field Speedway

Scotsman John Dalziel Makes Sunoco Super Series Debut This At Baer Field Speedway Salem, Ind. (August 22, 2002) - Scottish stock car driver John Dalziel hopes America can live up to its reputation as the land of opportunity. After months of ...

Scotsman John Dalziel Makes Sunoco Super Series Debut This At Baer Field Speedway Salem, Ind. (August 22, 2002) - Scottish stock car driver John Dalziel hopes America can live up to its reputation as the land of opportunity. After months of searching for a ride in America, Dalziel today announced an agreement with SS Racing of Indianapolis to pilot a limited number of Sunoco Super Series races and one ASA race this season.

"My opportunity to continue my racing career is in America," Dalziel said. "Stock car racing is so new to Europeans. It's important to me to come over here and learn from a team that understands the car and the concept of stock car racing."

Born and raised in Scotland, Daziel is relying on his European racing experience to make it big in American stock car racing. Dalziel has raced in Formula Renault, Formula Vauxall and Ascar Series over the past 3 years. He also has tested Formula 3 cars with Team Meritus and Rowan Racing.

Dalziel's first race in a stock car is scheduled this weekend at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. John will compete in the River City Trucking Equipment Sales 100 Presented By McIntosh Energy Company with the Sunoco Super Series.

"The learning curve this weekend is so steep that I don't know where to start climbing up," Dalziel said. "But, that's the idea of getting a good team behind me. I'm hoping to learn this weekend and go out and do my best. Hopefully, this is a starting point for a good career in stock car racing."

Dalziel will be backed by one of the hottest racing teams in the ASA series. SS Racing has finished no lower than 8th place in their past seven races and has won four poles.

"For a young driver, he is very mature," Ken Smith, owner of SS Racing, said. "A lot of young people jump into racing too fast and get in over their head. John is taking his time preparing for a solid career and that's important for a young driver. We're looking forward to learning from each other this weekend."

Besides solid backing from SS Racing, Dalziel has also tested with legendary NASCAR driver Buddy Baker at the Buck Baker Driving School. The school has hosted superstar drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Kenny Irwin and Tony Stewart.

"John has all the qualities to be a good driver," Baker said. "He has self-discipline in the car and a lot of control behind the wheel. If I didn't think he had potential, I would have told him at the beginning, but right now he's getting the seat time he needs to acquire the necessary skills to be really good."

Dalziel will compete in three Sunoco Super Series races this season with SS Racing including this Sunday's event at Baer Field Speedway. Dalziel will also compete with the Sunoco Super Series at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana on September 1 and at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana on September 7; He will attempt to qualify for the ASA race at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana on October 6.

Follow SS Racing throughout the year at www.ssracingonline.com. More information on the Sunoco Super Series can be found at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , John Dalziel , Buddy Baker