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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
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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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Podium Aspirations for Tequila Patrón ESM in Bahrain

bahrainRiviera Beach, Fla., – Nov. 19, 2015 – As the final race of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) season, Tequila Patrón ESM heads to “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” for the 6 Hours of Bahrain. The Florida-based team wraps-up its full season FIA WEC debut at the Bahrain International Circuit this weekend.

In a season of firsts, Tequila Patrón ESM has competed on some of the most challenging tracks in the world for the first time. Of the six drivers, only one has competed in Bahrain and earned two podium finishes. David Heinemeier Hansson, co-driver of the No. 30 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda, won the 2014 GTE AM race last year and finished second in 2013. The reigning 2014 GTE AM champion joined Tequila Patrón ESM at the start of the season is the veteran racer when it comes to Bahrain.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Charges into China with Confidence

ChinaRiviera Beach, Fla., – One year ago, Tequila Patrón ESM earned runner-up honors in its overseas LMP2 debut race in Shanghai. A year later and armed with two new Tequila Patrón-livered Ligier JS P2 Hondas and two additional championship-winning drivers, the Florida-based team seeks a repeat podium performance in China for the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) 6 Hours of Shanghai.

It has been a learning year for Tequila Patrón ESM in the WEC since that first race in China. The lone two-car American team in the LMP2 class, Tequila Patrón ESM is the only team to have competed with three different chassis this year. Since acquiring two identical Ligier JS P2 Honda-powered racing machines one week before the 6 Hours of Spa in May, the team has gained valuable data at each turn of every venue this season. The team is confident heading into the 6 Hours of Shanghai since five of the six drivers have competed at Shanghai International Circuit.

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Fourth Place Finish for Tequila Patrón ESM at Fuji

fijiFuji, Japan – It was a wet and wild Sunday in the shadows of Mount Fuji during the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) 6 Hours of Fuji. The race started with the safety car leading the first 45 minutes due to heavy rain and ended under dry conditions as the Tequila Patrón ESM team tied its best result of the season with a fourth-place finish.

Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier Hansson, co-drivers of the No. 30 Tequila Patrón ESM earned their second consecutive fourth-place finish in WEC competition. The trio finished fourth at the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas last month.

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Tequila Patrón ESM’s Global Season Continues in Japan

1f5998cd-a327-43c3-9833-5bb24208d9cdRiviera Beach, Fla., –  Fresh off a season-best finish of its debut season in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), Tequila Patrón ESM seeks to build on that momentum as it heads to Japan and the 6 Hours of Fuji.

Tequila Patrón ESM’s fourth-place finish in front of the home crowd and venue provide ample boosts to the team as it races the next two rounds in Asia before heading to the season finale in Bahrain.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Earns Best Finish of FIA WEC Season at COTA

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Austin, Texas –  Tequila Patrón ESM earned its best finish of the season today during the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas (COTA). A hard-charging Ryan Dalziel passed the No. 43 LMP2 for fourth place moments before the checkered flag.

Six hours earlier, Dalziel started the race in third. He claimed second with a smooth pass on the No. 28 LMP2, and then took over the race lead on pit stop strategy. Dalziel went from third to first in less than an hour from the green flag. He pitted once for fuel and attempted to double stint the Dunlop tires. Even with older tires, Dalziel was able to keep the competition at bay while he led the LMP2 field. His double stint turned into a stint-and-a-half once the tires began to show wear. Dalziel pitted for fuel, tires and a driver change to Scott Sharp.

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2016 FIA WEC Schedule Includes Stop in Mexico City

0919Austin, Texas, – Sept. 19, 2015 – Shortly before the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas (COTA), the series announced its 2016 schedule which includes the same eight venues as 2015 and a new circuit: Mexico City. The Mexico City round will take place on September 4, 2016, per the FIA WEC announcement today.

The Florida-based Tequila Patrón ESM team will enter its sophomore season and compete against the world’s best LMP2 teams in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The 2016 FIA WEC schedule includes two test sessions and nine races spanning the globe including England, Belgium, France, Germany, United States, Japan, China, Bahrain and now Mexico.

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

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