Dalziel shocked to lose PCM drive

Ryan Dalziel has expressed his shock at losing his Pacific Coast Motorsports seat, but says he is determined to bounce back and find a drive elsewhere in American motorsport

Dalziel shocked to lose PCM drive

The Scotsman learned earlier this week that he would be replaced by Mario Dominguez for the season's final two Champ Car World Series races.

The move came as a surprise given that Dalziel impressed with his performances in Pacific Coast's debut season, particularly in the wet at Toronto, and because he had enjoyed a long relationship with the team.

"Obviously Thursday's announcement came as a big shock to me," said Dalziel.

"I've had a good three-year relationship with Pacific Coast Motorsports and I've been grateful for the opportunity to race for them having represented them in the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am and this year in the Champ Car World Series.

"Naturally I'm disappointed with the team's decision, not least given some of my performances this season including leading laps in Toronto and coming close to scoring their maiden podium.

"That said it's time to move on and I'm pleased to say that I've already received several offers for next season and I'll be looking to firm up my plans as soon as possible."

Dalziel said he was now considering either a return to Grand-Am - where he took second in a one-off for the SAMAX team last weekend - or a switch to the IRL IndyCar Series.

"I'll definitely be racing, it's just a case of determining what the best option is," he said.

"I've had a great time driving Daytona Prototypes in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the past two years and I'd definitely be interested in a return there given the strength of the competition.

"Similarly there's potential to stay in open-wheel racing and switch to the Indy Racing League so I'll consider what's on offer and hopefully have things lined up sooner rather than later."

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