Dalziel joins RSR Jaguar team
|By Matt Beer||Friday, February 19th 2010, 16:56 GMT|
Daytona 24 Hours winner Ryan Dalziel will drive the RSR team's new GT2 Jaguar in this year's American Le Mans Series.
Dalziel joins team boss Paul Gentilozzi and Marc Goossens in the RSR line-up. The 27-year-old former Champ Car racer has spent recent seasons in Grand-Am, taking Daytona victory with the Action Express team last month.
"We know the competition is tough this year and that we will have to be on top of our game," said Gentilozzi. "I have watched Ryan grow into a matured racer both in open-wheel and sportscar racing.
"His hard work paid off 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 programme desires to achieve."
Dalziel added that racing a Jaguar would be an honour for him.
"I am so excited to be part of such an amazing brand like Jaguar," said the Scotsman. "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. I know I am with a great crew and excellent co-drivers. The GT field in the ALMS this season looks really strong and I hope I can contribute to Jaguar's successful return to sportscar racing."