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24 Hours of Le Mans Qualifying Quotes

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The No. 31 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 will start P6 in class, P15 overall // Best lap time 3:39.366

Ryan Dalziel // No. 31 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2
We had a good first day. Obviously the weather was better on Wednesday than we expected. We’re a little bit off the Orecas, which we expected to be. We’re also a little faster than we expected to be. I think we have a pretty good race car. As always, it seems like tire management will be the important thing. It’s a shame we didn’t get to get any good laps on Thursday to verify some changes. Hopefully the first part of the race can be dry and we’ll see what we get at the end of the race.

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24 Hours of Le Mans Preview: Tequila Patrón ESM

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LE MANS, Fra., ---Race week has arrived in Le Mans, France for the 84th running of the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Riding the momentum of a highly successful season to date, Tequila Patrón ESM returns for their second consecutive year, entering two cars in the 60 car field. The black and white Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 Nissans will compete in the P2 class, currently the largest field of this year’s running, with 23 cars listed.

The driver lineups for the Tequila Patrón ESM cars will remain the same, with Scott Sharp, Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek sharing the duties in the No. 30 car, and Ryan Dalziel, Chris Cumming and Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani in the No. 31. Van Overbeek leads the charge for the best Le Mans finish of the No. 30 drivers after his third place finish in the GT class in 2005. This year will mark Sharp’s third Le Mans, and second for Brown, President and CEO of the Patrón Spirits Company. Ryan Dalziel is the only Tequila Patrón ESM driver to grace the top step of the Le Mans podium, winning the LMP2 class in 2012. Cumming and Derani both made their Le Mans debuts in 2015. Cumming’s race ended early with a gearbox problem, but Derani earned an impressive fourth place finish.

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Disappointment in Detroit for Visit Florida Racing

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Detroit, Mich. - After making a very promising start to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visit to Detroit, Visit Florida Racing’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers took a sudden turn for the worse on Lap 10 when the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype made heavy contact with the tire wall.

The contact caused significant damage to the right side of the iconic blue Visit Florida Chevrolet Corvette, and the damage was further exacerbated by a second hit when the car was hit by another Corvette DP that had no chance to take avoiding action.

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Visit Florida Racing Chevy on Belle Isle Front Row

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Belle Isle, Mich. (3 June 2016) – In his first-ever race at the Belle Isle street circuit, Marc Goossens put the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype on the front row for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. Goossens’ fast lap time of 1:23.863-seconds was just .048-seconds off of the pole time as he rounded out the all-Chevy front row at the track located in the shadow of Chevrolet’s headquarters.

Goossens and co-driver Ryan Dalziel worked with the Visit Florida Racing team to dial in the Daytona Prototype machine through two practice sessions held earlier in the day.

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Visit Florida Racing Heads to Chevy’s Hometown of Detroit

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DRIVING AT DETROIT: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

CHEVROLET SPORTS CAR CLASSIC PRESENTED BY METRO DETROIT CHEVY DEALERS: Round 5 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held through the streets of Belle Isle Park, a 2.34-mile temporary street course.
 
2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 3rd with 117 points after 4 of 10 rounds now complete.

STRENGTH IN DETROIT: Visit Florida Racing has shown strength at the Detroit street course event ever since IMSA first visited the venue in 2012. The team has brought home three top-five finishes including the pole position and a runner-up finish in 2014. 

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Tequila Patrón Announces Paul Mitchell as Primary Sponsor for 24 Hours of Le Mans

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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., — This June, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) team Tequila Patrón ESM will return to France for its second effort at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, currently the world’s oldest sports car endurance event. Paul Mitchell Systems will join Tequila Patrón ESM as the primary sponsor of the legendary race, boasting a striking black and white livery on the pair of P2 Ligiers.

“We are so excited that Paul Mitchell has finally arrived to Le Mans racing,” said Paul Mitchell CEO John Paul DeJoria. “Our world distributors are looking forward to the race, and all of us thank our family, Patrón Spirits, for making this possible. This Tequila Patrón ESM team won both Sebring and Daytona. Look out France, here we come!”

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Tequila Patrón ESM Celebrates Podium after Chaotic Spa-Francorchamps

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Saturday’s race at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps can only be described as dramatically unpredictable. The lead for the LMP2 class battle grew more intense as the hours went on, leading to a final lap battle for the podium steps. Tequila Patrón ESM earned a second podium finish of the 2016 WEC season, securing a third place finish in a tight points fight for the LMP2 class championship.

Throughout practice and qualifying the high downforce Nissan Ligiers struggled to find pace at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, despite topping the charts in the opening practice session. For the Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan Ligiers, the race began like any other, with Pipo Derani starting 8th in the No. 31, and Scott Sharp starting 12th in the No. 30. Both drivers advanced position during their opening stints, with the most impressive jump up the charts happening during the first round of pit stops. Derani pitted the car in 9th, and after a perfectly executed stop, the Brazilian left the pits four positions ahead in 5th.  During his opening stint, Sharp brought the No. 30 into the top 10 before passing the driving duties on to Johannes van Overbeek.

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Teamwork Sees Visit Florida Racing Score Second in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

Starts last, finishes second for encore podium result at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Monterey, Calif. (1 May 2016) – Visit Florida Racing showed on Sunday that even when it is raining, there is sun behind those clouds. Despite starting the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda over a minute behind the race leader, Visit Florida Racing drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel finished the race in second place to notch the team’s best IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship result of the season so far.

Looking to make a vigorous defense of the team’s 2015 IMSA victory at the California track, Visit Florida Racing had been frustrated in the early practice and qualifying sessions during the weekend as the Corvette DP just didn't have the pace to be a front runner. But lots of data analysis, and another round of adjustments in the morning, saw the car improve come race time.

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Visit Florida Racing Set for Seventh on Continental Tire Grand Prix Grid

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Monterey, Calif. – Defending Continental Tire Grand Prix powered by Mazda race winners Visit Florida Racing will look to mount a strong push to the front on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the team is set to start from the fourth row of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship grid.

The two-hour sprint will see Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel team in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP as the duo hope to return the bright blue skies VISIT FLORIDA Corvette to victory lane for the second year in a row. With a pair of practice sessions on Friday followed by one full session  Saturday, the 15-minute qualifying session yielded a fast lap time of 1:19.652-seconds with Dalziel behind the wheel to lock in seventh on the GTLM and Prototype class field.

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Defending Race Winner Visit Florida Racing Returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

DRIVING AT MAZDA RACEWAY: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.
 
CONTINENTAL TIRE MONTEREY GRAND PRIX POWERED BY MAZDA: Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a 2.238-mile track with 11 corners featuring the famous Corkscrew.
 
2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 4th with 84 points

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6 Hours of Silverstone Podium Finish for Patrón ESM

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Continuing an impressive run in 2016, Tequila Patrón ESM earned a second place finish on Sunday at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opening race at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The finish marks the team’s third podium finish in three races, following record setting wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the Twelve Hours of Sebring in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The team returned for a second full season in the WEC with a two car effort. Starting the event in 10th, the driver lineup for the No. 30 Nissan Ligier JS P2 consisted of Team Owner Scott Sharp, Tequila Patrón CEO Ed Brown and ESM veteran Johannes van Overbeek. Ryan Dalziel, Chris Cumming and Pipo Derani completed the team lineup in the No. 31 Nissan Ligier JS P2, leading the team qualifying effort with a 2nd place result.

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Debrief: 6 Hours of Silverstone Podium Finish for Patrón ESM

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Continuing an impressive run in 2016, Tequila Patrón ESM earned a second place finish on Sunday at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opening race at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The finish marks the team’s third podium finish in three races, following record setting wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the Twelve Hours of Sebring in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The team returned for a second full season in the WEC with a two car effort. Starting the event in 10th, the driver lineup for the No. 30 Nissan Ligier JS P2 consisted of Team Owner Scott Sharp, Tequila Patrón CEO Ed Brown and ESM veteran Johannes van Overbeek. Ryan Dalziel, Chris Cumming and Pipo Derani completed the team lineup in the No. 31 Nissan Ligier JS P2, leading the team qualifying effort with a 2nd place result.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Sets Out for 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship

The FIA World Endurance Championship season officially begins this weekend with the 6 Hours of Silverstone, the first of nine races on the 2016 calendar. Tequila Patrón ESM is returning to the sports car endurance racing series with two Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2s, and a driver lineup to be feared.

Returning drivers Ed Brown, Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek will share the No. 30 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier. The trio, and Brazilian driver Pipo Derani, have already enjoyed great success this season, winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, the first team to do so since 1998. Derani will join team newcomer Chris Cumming and ESM veteran Ryan Dalziel in the No. 31 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier.

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Fighting Fifth in Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Visit Florida Racing

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Sebring, Fla. (19 March 2016) - Visit Florida Racing survived a treacherous run through the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in a race that saw variable Florida weather conditions throughout. The 64th running of the historic event opened under dry and sunny conditions, followed by race-stopping torrential rain, and finished under the always challenging Sebring blanket of darkness.

Drivers Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel, and Ryan Hunter-Reay persevered through some of the most challenging race conditions in Sebring 12-hour history to bring home a fifth place finish.

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Visit Florida Racing Sixth on Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Grid

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Sebring, Fla. – The rich annual tradition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will continue on Saturday as the 64th running of the annual endurance challenge will take the green flag at 10:40 AM ET (live broadcast: FOX Sports 1, 10:30 AM ET).

The race marks Round 2 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as the Sebring crowd greets nearly 50 cars set for 12 hours of battle on the fabled 3.74-mile circuit.

Looking to build from a podium finish in the opening race at Daytona International Speedway,  Visit Florida Racing will start from the third row of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP of drivers Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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Visit Florida Racing Heads South to Sebring International Raceway

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DRIVING AT SEBRING: Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens, Ryan Hunter-Reay will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.
 
RACING AT ‘HOME’: In terms of racing at the home track, none comes closer to home than Daytona International Speedway for Visit Florida Racing. But a close second is Sebring International Raceway located some 150 miles south of the Visit Florida Racing race shop. For Ryan Dalziel, who lives just outside of Orlando, Sebring is his home track, and with Ryan Hunter-Reay 150 miles south of the Sebring road course in Fort Lauderdale, it’s also the closest stop of his four IMSA races.

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Visit Florida Racing Takes Home Podium Finish in Rolex 24 At Daytona

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Daytona Beach, Fla.  – With scores of Visit Florida guests and hometown supporters on hand, Daytona Beach-based Visit Florida Racing drove to a third place finish after 24 hours of hard-fought racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It matched the team’s best result in the race after finishing third last year on the way to taking second in the 2015 IMSA Championship.

Visit Florida Racing’s driving trio of Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay proved to be a potent one as the three drivers combined to deliver a podium result in their first race together. And with the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title the ultimate goal for Visit Florida Racing, the Daytona result was a good step forward in its pursuit of the championship.

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Visit Florida Racing Ready for Rolex 24 At Daytona

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Daytona Beach, Fla. (28 January 2016) – While Florida attracts millions every year with its warm beaches and sunny skies, fans at Daytona International Speedway got a little taste of the orange-growing Florida weather as Visit Florida Racing began its first day of the famed Rolex 24 At Daytona with two soggy practice sessions and an outright downpour during qualifying on Thursday.

Despite the deluge, Visit Florida Racing’s Ryan Dalziel secured an eighth place starting position with the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP he shares with Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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Good Weekend of Testing in Daytona for Visit Florida Racing

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Daytona Beach, Fla. – Visit Florida Racing spent a productive three days testing at its home track just down the road from the team headquarters, at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship staged its annual ‘Roar Before the 24’. For the Daytona Beach based-team, it was the first opportunity for its new driver line-up of Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel and Ryan Hunter-Reay to turn laps in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

The test saw a mix of Florida weather conditions with clouds, sun, and even some rain drops throughout the test. The various conditions were beneficial in preparing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona which sees a wide range of weather conditions throughout the 24 hours of racing.

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VISIT FLORIDA RACING'S *MEET THE TEAM*

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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Sunday, January 10
at the Visit Florida Racing transporter

Join us for donuts and coffee at the Visit Florida Racing transporter on Sunday, January 10th at 9:00 AM!

After scoring second in the 2015 IMSA Championship, the Visit Florida Racing team is preparing for an even stronger 2016 IMSA WeatherTech campaign, starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Chat with Visit Florida Racing drivers Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel, and Ryan Hunter-Reay as well as team owner Troy Flis.

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  1. Podium Aspirations for Tequila Patrón ESM in Bahrain
  2. Tequila Patrón ESM Charges into China with Confidence
  3. Fourth Place Finish for Tequila Patrón ESM at Fuji
  4. Tequila Patrón ESM’s Global Season Continues in Japan
  5. Tequila Patrón ESM Earns Best Finish of FIA WEC Season at COTA
  6. 2016 FIA WEC Schedule Includes Stop in Mexico City
  7. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies Third at COTA
  8. American Homecoming for Tequila Patrón ESM at COTA
  9. EFFORT Racing Wins Team Championship at Season Finale
  10. Tequila Patrón ESM Gains Experience in Germany
  11. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies in Germany
  12. Ryan Dalziel Keeps Points Lead Following Miller Motorsports Park
  13. EFFORT Racing Celebrates Complete Sweep at Mid-Ohio
  14. Dalziel Sweeps GT Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Heitkotter, Thompson Win in GTA and GT Cup
  15. Dalziel and Montecalvo Win GT, GTA Round 14 at Mid-Ohio. Udell Wins GT Cup Round 12
  16. Motorsport.com and Tequila Patrón ESM to Debut “Vitesse Extreme – Le Mans” on Motorsport.com
  17. EFFORT Racing Bounces Back for Double Podium
  18. Tequila Patrón ESM Completes Le Mans Qualifying
  19. Two Top-10 Finishes for Tequila Patrón ESM in Le Mans Debut
  20. Tequila Patrón ESM Logs First Competitive Laps at Le Mans
  21. Tequila Patrón ESM Ready to Rock at Le Mans
  22. Tequila Patrón ESM Shows Speed and Potential at Spa as the Team Prepares for Le Mans
  23. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for Spa
  24. Rainy Opening Practice for Tequila Patrón ESM and Ligier at Spa
  25. Tequila Patrón ESM Set to Battle in Belgium with Ligier
  26. Tequila Patrón ESM Tests Ligier Prototypes
  27. EFFORT Racing Earns Eighth Season Podium at Barber Motorsports Park
  28. Championship-Caliber Run for Tequila Patrón ESM at 6 Hours of Silverstone
  29. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for 6 Hours of Silverstone
  30. Tequila Patrón ESM Set for 6 Hours of Silverstone Debut
  31. EFFORT Racing Continues Success at St. Petersburg
  32. Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring
  33. Front-row start for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring
  34. Tequila Patrón ESM Determined to Achieve Victory at Sebring
  35. Tequila Patrón ESM Enters 12 Hours of Sebring with Honda ARX-03b Prototypes
  36. Quadruple Podium Weekend for EFFORT Racing at Circuit of the Americas
  37. Rolling Stone and Patrón Tequila Partner at 24 Hours of Le Mans
  38. Tequila Patrón ESM Confirmed Entrants in 2015 FIA WEC Season and 24 Hours of Le Mans
  39. EFFORT Racing confirms Dalziel's return to Pirelli World Challenge
  40. Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Rolex 24
  41. Tequila Patrón ESM: No. 2 qualifies 12th; No. 1 to return to track on Friday
  42. Tequila Patrón ESM's 2015 Worldwide Season Starts at Home and the Rolex 24
  43. Dalziel to Race Spa 24hr with DragonSpeed
  44. Tequila Patrón ESM Runs First Laps in Honda Coupe
  45.  Runner-up Finish for ESM Patrón at Shanghai
  46. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Sixth at Shanghai
  47. ESM Patrón Set for Overseas FIA WEC Debut
  48. ESM Patrón Finishes Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  49. ESM and Tequila Patrón Entering FIA WEC Shanghai; Forgoing Petit Le Mans
  50. ESM Patrón Qualifies Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  51. ESM and Tequila Patrón Set for FIA WEC Debut at COTA
  52. ESM Patrón Returns to Podium
  53. Pole Position for ESM Patrón at Road America
  54. ESM Patrón Takes onFIA WEC LMP2 with COTA Entry
  55. ESM Patrón Road America Bound
  56. EFFORT Sweeps Mid-Ohio
  57. Fifth and Seventh Place Finishes for ESM Patrón in Indy Debut
  58. Simply Perfect Pole Position for ESM on National Patrón Tequila Day
  59. ESM Patrón Ready for First Kiss of Indy Bricks
  60. Crushing day in Canada for ESM Patrón
  61. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  62. ESM Patrón Returns to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park: Site of First GT Win
  63. Heartbreak for ESM Patrón Team at Watkins Glen
  64. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Seventh at Watkins Glen
  65. ESM Patrón Set for Prototype Debut at Watkins Glen
  66. Challenging Day for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  67. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  68. Extreme Speed Motorsports to run HPD ARX-04b Honda
  69. ESM Patrón Targeting Win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  70. Heartbreaking final lap for ESM Patrón at Long Beach
  71. ESM Patrón Ready for Long Beach Street Battle
  72. Ryan Dalziel Aims for Perfect Birthday Gift at Long Beach
  73. Ryan Dalziel Proud of ESM’S Sebring Podium
  74. ESM Patrón Runner-Up at Sebring
  75. ESM Patrón Leads Sebring at Six Hour Mark
  76. Top-10 Qualifying Effort for ESM Patrón at Sebring
  77. ESM Patrón Leveraging Home-Track Advantage at Sebring
  78. Ryan Dalziel Wants Debut with ESM Win at Sebring
  79. Rollercoaster Rolex for ESM Patrón
  80. ESM Patrón Team Hour 12 of Rolex 24
  81. Opening Hours of Rolex 24 Unkind to ESM Patrón Team
  82. Ryan Dalziel continues to support West of Scotland Kart Club
  83. DALZIEL SIGNS WITH ESM PATRON FOR 2014 SEASON
  84. RYAN DALZIEL STORMS TO INDY WIN AND TAKES LEAD IN ROLEX GRAND-AM SERIES
  85. RYAN DALZIEL HELPS BRING VIPER HOME ON LE MANS RETURN
  86. RYAN DALZIEL CLOSES TITLE GAP AFTER PODIUM
  87. RYAN DALZIEL MISSES OUT ON MOTOWN HIT
  88. RYAN DALZIEL AIMING TO BE A DETROIT WINNER
  89. DALZIEL TAKES HARD-FOUGHT SECOND PLACE AT ROAD ATLANTA
  90. RYAN DALZIEL TO GET TITLE CHARGE ON RIGHT ROAD AT ATLANTA
  91. RYAN DALZIEL TO MAKE WORLD CHALLENGE DEBUT FOR TRUSPEED
  92. RYAN DALZIEL SHOWS FIGHTING QUALITIES IN SEBRING FINISH
  93. Ryan Dalziel Takes Stunning Second in Texas
  94. DALZIEL JOINS SRT MOTORSPORTS FOR THE ENDUROS
  95. RYAN DALZIEL IN TITLE VOW TO EASE ROLEX 24 PAIN
  96. RIGHT TIME FOR RYAN DALZIEL TO GRAB ANOTHER ROLEX
  97. WILLIAM LYONS TROPHY AS SMRC HONOURS RYAN DALZIEL
  98. RYAN DALZIEL TO FLY SCOTTISH KART STAR TO DAYTONA 24
  99. Ryan Dalziel and Starworks Clinch FIA World Endurance Title
  100. Unfinished Business For Ryan Dalziel In Japan

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