Dalziel Takes Aim at Daytona Double
25 January 2011
The 49th edition of the ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’ once again fields a driver line-up that reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of international motorsport but for Scotland’s Ryan Dalziel, winner of last year’s endurance classic at the Daytona International Speedway, the only drivers that matter are the ones he’ll be sharing his car with this weekend, Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th January.The 28-year-old, looking for back-to-back Daytona titles, will pilot the #8 Miracle Grout Shield Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype entered by the Fort Lauderdale-based Starworks Motorsports outfit. Dalziel’s team-mates include former F1 driver Tomas Enge (CZE), NASCAR stand-out Colin Braun (USA), sportscar veteran Jim Lowe (USA) and finally Mike Forest (CAN), Ryan’s team-mate from last season’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Series campaign.
Dalziel’s ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’ credentials stack-up favorably in comparison to many of the ‘names’ with experience from F1, IndyCar and NASCAR that descend on the first major motorsport event of the international season. While the Orlando-resident won last year’s event as part of Action Express Racing’s four-man crew, alongside Terry Borcheller, Joao Barbosa and Mike Rockenfeller, Ryan had come close a few seasons earlier taking a fighting second-place finish for Samax Motorsport in 2007 – the same season he competed full-time in the Champ Car World Series.
“I can’t wait for this weekend to get started,” stated Dalziel. “After an amazing test a couple of weeks ago, we as a team, are extremely confident heading into the race. We know the car is fast and that we’ve got a great crew. Our combination of a Riley chassis together with Ford power check all the right boxes to help us win this thing. The entire crew from Peter Baron (Team Owner) and Bill Riley (Race Engineer), to the drivers, we all know how to be successful at this race and we’re desperate to get out there and chase victory.
“It’s amazing to think that Starworks Motorsport is barely a year old when you consider all we’ve accomplished. The team’s now heading to Daytona with two solid entries and I know everyone believes the #8 car can win. I can honestly say I’m heading into this race with more confidence than any previous season. I’m certainly not ready to hand over my crown and I’m hoping to become the first Scotsman to win the ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’ twice!”
Having further cemented his reputation in North America in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, Dalziel, who finished fifth overall in last year’s Driver Standings, is eager to kick off the 2011 sportscar season with a bang. Breaking the lap record for a Daytona Prototype around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway layout earlier this month was a step in the right direction, the Lanarkshire-born racer recording a lap of 1m39.793s (128.194mph).
The 49th edition of the ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’, starting at 3pm EST on Saturday 29th January, will be broadcast live in parts throughout North America by SPEED – www.speedtv.com
For further information on the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series log on to: www.grand-am.com