News & Multimedia

New Car, New Challenge For Defending Winner Dalziel

Ryan Dalziel returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a new team and new type of car, racing in a new series on a new course layout.

But he has the same goal as last year – winning the Brickyard Grand Prix.

“Kissing the bricks is a lot nicer tasting than you might think,” said Dalziel, who won the 2013 race with Starworks Motorsport in a BMW-powered Daytona Prototype co-driven by Alex Popow. “Hopefully we will get the Tequila Patrón cars up front and kiss the bricks again.”

Dalziel now drives an LM P2 Prototype in the premier class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, sharing the Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b/Honda with Scott Sharp.

“It’s a different layout, different car, different competition this year,” Dalziel said. “For sure, the past couple of years I raced there with Starworks in GRAND-AM and we always had a competitive package.”

While he has plenty of DP experience on the former 2.534-mile layout, Dalziel recently tested with ESM on the new 2.435-mile configuration. 

“We had a great test at Indianapolis with ESM, and we feel we’ll have a good car there,” he said.  “The new layout is very different, and the improvements are all good.”

Dalziel and Sharp are currently seventh in the Prototype standings. Their best finish this year was a close second in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, and they took fifth at Detroit Belle Isle. Their teammates – Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek – are sixth in the points, winning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the No. 2 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b/Honda.

While he’s raced at Indianapolis in a DP, Dalziel’s LM P2 experience includes winning the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LM P2 class for Starworks in 2012, including class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring and Brazil.

Now, he’s looking forward to repeating last year’s result, despite of all the changes at the Brickyard.

“Indianapolis is one of the biggest tracks in the world, like Daytona and Sebring,” Dalziel said. “You look forward to coming here and driving under the tunnel. It’s always breath-taking, seeing how impressive this place is.”
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
New Car, New Challenge For Defending Winner Dalziel
 
New Car, New Challenge For Defending Winner Dalziel
“Kissing the bricks is a lot nicer tasting than you might think,” said Dalziel, who won the 2013 race with Starworks Motorsport in a BMW-powered Daytona Prototype co-driven by Alex Popow. “Hopefully we will get the Tequila Patrón cars up front and kiss the bricks again.”
Read More
Related Media
William Byron
 
Lilly Diabetes 250 Winner Byron Stays on Rocket Ride into Cup Series in 2018
Fast-forward to August 2017, and 19-year-old Byron is arguably the hottest young driving prospect in NASCAR. Byron, from Charlotte, North Carolina, is second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings, has scored three victories as a rookie and was named this week as the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet next season for powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Read More
Kirby Chambliss
 
Fans Have More To Look Forward To In 2017
While the exciting INDYCAR Grand Prix, 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational and Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400/Lilly Diabetes 250 event weekends have come and gone this year, there’s still plenty of action, fun and excitement to come in 2017 at the Racing Capital of the World.
Read More
Kyle Busch
 
Two-Time Brickyard Champ Busch Breaks Through, Earns Playoff Spot with Win
When Kyle Busch took the checkered flag July 30 at Pocono Raceway, he was conspicuously quiet for a guy who just ended a career-long 36-race winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Read More
JR Hildebrand
 
Race Day Preview: Sunday, July 30
The level of intensity is different now in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Formula One. It’s crunch time, even though it’s only July. It’s what Sir Alex Ferguson, former legendary manager of English soccer power Manchester United, once famously called “squeaky bum time,” as everyone feels just a bit more tension, pressure and anxiety. Here’s a look at the building drama in the three series, which all race this weekend:
Read More
Kasey Kahne
 
Kahne Uses Late Move To Win Wild Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400
Kahne passed Brad Keselowski on the final restart in overtime to win the 24th annual Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The epic race started at 2:44 p.m. and finished at 8:58 p.m., just eight minutes before sundown. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was halted three times for red flags for a total of two hours, 31 minutes, including a rain delay of one hour, 47 minutes after the first 12 laps were completed.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 783
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact IMS Sales Department at (317) 492-8739 or email at hospitalitysales@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
It's Pole day on @CrownRoyal Armed Forces Weekend & we can't wait to see you! Check out details on the day: https://t.co/yKQ6Db3YRK
May 21