Ryan Dalziel completes the 2013 driver lineup for the SRT® Viper GTS-R team.
The final piece of the puzzle is now in place for the SRT® Viper GTS-R Team with the signing of veteran driver Ryan Dalziel. The native of Scotland rounds out a world-class lineup of six drivers who will embark on a full-time run with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) as well as returning to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans this season for the first time since 2000.
“Ryan Dalziel is an excellent addition to our SRT Motorsports team,” said Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports. “He’s an accomplished racer and his intensity complements the enthusiasm of our team. Now, we turn our focus to final preparation of our SRT Viper GTS-Rs for a full ALMS schedule and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Dalziel has been racing sports cars since 2005, after beginning his career in karts, followed by a climb through the ranks of the open-wheel racing ladder. Dalziel has garnered major victories in his career in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans and in the 24 Hours of Daytona, bringing that winning mindset and attitude to the SRT Viper GTS-R Team.
“A lot of my decision to join SRT Motorsports was based around how much solid progress was made by the team last year,” Dalziel said. “I truly believe that the car is going to win races this year. Hopefully, it’s the one I’m in. It’s a very good project with great people behind it. I have no doubt that it’s going to be a successful program.”
Last year was a career-year for Dalziel as he won in class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring and at Petit Le Mans, while also claiming the title in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on the strength of three wins and seven podium finishes. The 30-year-old recorded additional ALMS wins at Long Beach and Baltimore. Dalziel also won in Grand-Am in the Daytona Prototype class at Watkins Glen, which was one of his six podium finishes en route to finishing second in points in that series and class. For his efforts, Dalziel was named the SPEED.com Sports Car Driver of the Year.
“I already know a lot of the people involved in the program and I’m looking forward to getting to know the people that I don’t know,” he shared. “I know a lot of people from Riley Technologies and have worked with Bill Riley for many years. The core group, along with Riley Technology and SRT, is a recipe for success. I can’t wait to get aboard and have a successful year.
“To me, chemistry, relationships and personalities are the most important thing. I don’t think SRT Motorsports would have picked me if they didn’t think I was going to gel and vice-versa. For me, I didn’t need proof that the car was going to be fast. I know the car is going to be good. I just want to make sure that we all get along. To me, being involved in racing as long as I have, having good relationships and good chemistry is 90 percent of the battle. The other 10 percent, you know, is a lot of the stuff that we can’t control.”
Along with Dalziel the two-car SRT Viper GTS-R driver lineup is comprised of Jonathan Bomarito, Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens, Tommy Kendall and Kuno Wittmer. The team is participating in an ALMS open test session this week at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, in preparation for the season opening 12 Hours of Sebring on March 16 at the famed road course.
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