JaguarRSR ON A COMPETITIVE PATH FOR ROAD AMERICA
EAST LANSING, Michigan (August 18, 2010) - With two solid consecutive top-ten runs in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the JaguarRSR team heads to Road America. Road America is a track that has that has been successful for Principal Partner Paul Gentilozzi and his former squads in Trans-Am and Champ Car. With reliability constant, the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT will focus on how to reduce lap times and improve race performance.The team used the down time between events to their advantage, with preparations that will make even more gains. After narrowing down the margin from the GT leaders at the last event, they know they are on the right track. Following Mid-Ohio, the team continued to build on the lessons learned and have prepared a refined strategy for this weekend's event at Road America.
Road America is one of two recognized historical racing landmarks in the United States. The permanent road course, at just over four miles long, consists of fourteen turns and follows the natural terrain, creating many elevation changes. A long, uphill front straight sees drivers approaching speeds of 175 mph before getting hard on the brakes for Turn One, a 90 mph corner. One of the best known features of this course is a deceptively fast turn on the backside of the track known as "The Kink". Many cars and drivers have prematurely finished their race on this section of the track. The Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin venue is a true test of any race car drivers' skill.
Behind the wheel this weekend will see the return of Ryan Dalziel, who has made six starts in the XKR racer, and five starts at Road America. The 2004 Atlantics winner, holds most of his experience at this venue in open wheel (Atlantics and Champ Car), but has also raced in the ALMS GT1 category back in 2005. Teaming up with the Scotsman, will be Belgian Marc Goossens, who has made seven starts in the Jaguar. The vastly-experienced sportscar driver has driven at most of the greatest race tracks around the world, however, one of those not on his resume is Road America.
Round 7 of 9 in the 2010 ALMS season gets underway on Friday, August 20, with a series test day. There will be two practice sessions ahead of GT qualifying at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday. A 20-minute warm up session on Sunday morning will prepare the cars for the green flag at 2:05 p.m. to kick off the American Le Mans Series - powered by eStar, a 2 hour and 45 minute race.
WHAT THE DRIVERS HAVE TO SAY
Ryan Dalziel, co-Driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT
"I have always had great races at Road America and I am really looking forward to going back in the Jaguar. Road America fans are huge car fanatics and I know Jaguar has a strong following in that part of the country. I am excited to get back behind the wheel now that our reliability is looking better. I watched the race weekend at Mid-Ohio from the internet and I was sad not to be a part of another top-ten finish. Hopefully, Marc and I can continue the string of results.
I have raced at Road America in a variety of cars. From 2002 - 2004, I competed in the Atlantics Series. My favorite memory at this track is from 2004 during the Friday practice; I had a brake failure at Canada Corner and went head on into the barrier at about 160mph. I was taken to the hospital and released later that night. My team rolled out our spare chassis and we took the pole; setting a lap record. I was able to lead every lap en route to my first victory at Road America. In 2005 I had the opportunity to drive a GT1 in the American Le Mans Series. And my last trip was in 2007 while competing in the Champ Car World Series. This track is just so amazing to drive. It offers so many different challenges, but my favorite spots are Turn 1, the Carousel, and Canada Corner."
Marc Goossens, co-Driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT
"With the Jaguar XKR GT, from where we were at in Utah (Round 4) to where we are now, things are going well. We have been able to have consistent runs, in all on-track sessions, which allow us to log good miles and gather useful data. The only way we are going to make this car be the best it can be, is to learn exactly what it wants, what it needs. That is what we are doing, what we continue to work hard on, and I hope we can show the true potential of this car very soon. I think Road America will suit the Jaguar well, so it will be another good opportunity to keep moving forward and continue to close in on our competition.
The thing that I keep hearing about Road America is that it is going to be a track that I really like. People that I have worked with before have told me that "it is a typical track for you". And I have to agree, as I have done my homework in preparation by viewing some on-board camera footage from the past from different cars. It looks like a pretty fast track with long straightaways, and not only that, but the connection between two straightaways can be very important. So to keep momentum going, it looks like there's a couple of challenging corners there and I can't wait to get out there and do some laps around it."
FOLLOW THE RACE
The American Le Mans Series - powered by eStar is a 2 hour and 45 minute race set for 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 22. SPEED will air the race live at 3:00 p.m. ET with live radio coverage available on American Le Mans Radio, as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Americanlemans.com will stream Saturday's qualifying session starting at 3:10 p.m. CT. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.
International coverage: MotorsTv - Tape Delayed on Sunday, August 29 beginning at 5:00 p.m. (UK) / 6:00 p.m. CET.
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