Dalziel Targets Vasser's Seat

Scotland's Ryan Dalziel reckons he will have a full time drive with PKV Racing in 2006 should team owner Jimmy Vasser decide to retire from driving

Dalziel Targets Vasser's Seat

In an exclusive interview with Autosport-Atlas, Dalziel said he believes he is the team's number one choice to replace former champion Vasser at the team, after PKV helped him secure a drive for this weekend's Champ Car race at Toronto with Dale Coyne Racing.

The 23-year-old year tested with PKV in November last season, and had looked likely drive for the team this year before they signed former series champion Cristiano da Matta. He has since remained as a consultant.

However, Dalziel revealed that PKV have actively pushed for an alternative drive for him this season, resulting in this weekend's deal.

Dalziel told Autosport-Atlas: "The way I understand it is that if Jimmy retires I'm the number one choice to replace him next season. But that's Jimmy's decision and I'm sure he'll be watching out for me on the track this weekend.

"I would never have been a title contender in my first season anyway, so this gives me the chance to get any bad luck and inexperienced mistakes out of the way before possibly driving for them."

Dalziel also believes that this weekend's drive is likely to lead to his staying with Dale Coyne for the remainder of the season.

He added: "I'm in for the rest of the season provided I don't mess anything up. It's not about money. It's a funded drive thanks to American Medical Response so I'm not bringing any to the team. There aren't many non-funded drives around at the moment so it is good to be able to be one of the few drivers on the grid able to say that."

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