Posted 02.19.10


Ex-Pacific Coast Corvette pilot makes return to American Le Mans Series

Ryan Dalziel will return to the American Le Mans Series in 2010 with JaguarRSR.

The pieces to the puzzle keep coming together for the JaguarRSR race program as the team announced today that Ryan Dalziel has been signed to the driver lineup for competition in the 2010 American Le Mans Series.

“I am so excited to be part of such an amazing brand like Jaguar,” Dalziel said. “Coming from the United Kingdom I naturally grew up following Jaguar’s racing heritage and admiring their cars. Its like a dream come true that my first opportunity to drive for a manufacturer is for Jaguar Cars.

“I have known Paul Gentilozzi and his group for a number of years through my Champ Car days, and always enjoyed watching them in Trans Am,” he added. “I know I am with a great crew and excellent co drivers. The GT field in the American Le Mans Series this season looks really strong and I hope I can contribute to Jaguar’s successful return to sports car racing.”

Dalziel is one of Scotland’s leading professional racing drivers with a track record of success forged in the ultra-competitive junior formulas in Britain and honed further through to the very highest levels of both open-wheel racing and sports car competition in North America and Europe. The 27-year-old has represented Scotland and the United Kingdom at the highest level of sports car competition, including as part of Pacific Coast Motorsports’ GT1 lineup in 2005 Alex Figge. The pairing’s highest finish in their Corvette C5-R was third place at Portland. Dalziel also is coming off an overall victory at the Daytona 24 Hours.

“We are working on developing a driver lineup that will put us out in front,” said JaguarRSR principal partner and driver Paul Gentilozzi. “We know the competition is tough this year and that we will have to be on top of our game. I have watched Ryan grow into a matured racer both in open-wheel and sports car racing. His hard work paid of recently winning the 24 Hours of Daytona and any driver that can achieve an accomplishment like that is one that will fit into the goals and aspirations this JaguarRSR program desires to achieve. We eagerly look forward to working with him and know that he is going to bring a lot to the team.”

JaguarRSR’s Jaguar XKRS is one of 28 cars that will be at the annual Sebring Winter Test next week.

Dalziel joins Gentilozzi and Marc Goossens as confirmed JaguarRSR drivers for 2010. Complete details of the 2010 JaguarRSR American Le Mans Series program will be unveiled soon.

The American Le Mans Series will open its 12th season with America’s greatest sports car race, the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida from March 17-20. The green flag will fall at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 with live coverage on SPEED. Visit the American Le Mans Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information.

The annual American Le Mans Series Winter Test is scheduled for February 22-23, also at Sebring International Raceway. American Le Mans Series cars will be on track from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $10 per day with no public paddock access or overnight camping. Live Timing & Scoring will be available on americanlemans.com.

source http://www.americanlemans.com

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