VISIT FLORIDA Racing Focused Forward in Texas
- 14 September 2016
DRIVING AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will co-drive the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.
CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: An F1 grade facility that features 20 corners along a 3.4-mile road course, Circuit of the Americas marks the penultimate round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The event is held in conjunction with the World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of COTA.
2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS –VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 223 points after 8 of 10 rounds complete.
#DALZIELDOUBLE: Ryan Dalziel will be one of just two drivers competing in both the IMSA WeatherTech event and the WEC event at COTA. He will drive for VISIT FLORIDA Racing in a DP and also ESM in an LMP2 when he takes on the Six Hours of COTA following the IMSA checkered flag on Saturday. The only other driver doing the double is former VISIT FLORIDA Racing driver Ricky Taylor.
Between the IMSA and WEC sessions, Dalziel has the opportunity for 16 hours and 35 minutes of track time over the three days, of course which will be shared with his co-drivers in each car. Race day on Saturday will see a total of nine hours of track time with a 20-minute IMSA WeatherTech warm up, 2 hour & 40 minute IMSA WeatherTech race, and 6 hour WEC race.
Dalziel talks the #DalzielDouble at COTA with the Speed City Broadcast Team (33 minutes in): http://speedcitypodcast.com/kevin-schwantz-ryan-dalziel-motogp-f1-fiawec
RACING FOR RETT: Besides chasing trophies, Dalziel is using his long day to raise awareness and funds for the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, something that is close to his heart. Fans are encouraged to visit https://reverserett.org/donate
Following the big double day of racing, Dalziel will also be donating one of his race suits from the weekend to raise funds for the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, with details to be announced following the race weekend.
More info to come this week on how you can support Ryan’s Rett Campaign!
NEW LOOK FOR VISIT FLORIDA RACING: Beginning at COTA, the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette DP will have a new look. The first of its kind, Hawkeye Brothers Signs and Graphics applied HaloEFX liquid vinyl/peelable paint that changes color in the sunlight to the car. Look for the new changing chrome blue colors under the sun at COTA.
TESTING: VISIT FLORIDA Racing recently took part in a Chevrolet-hosted test at Road Atlanta. Both Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens were on hand to test the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette DP.
TEAM HISTORY AT COTA: VISIT FLORIDA Racing has made three starts at Circuit of the Americas with the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype. The team’s best finish at the track came last year when Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante scored a podium finish of third on the way to securing a runner-up finish in the 2015 championship.
RUNNER-UP AT AUSTIN: Both Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens have finished runner-up at Circuit of the Americas and both seek their first victory at the track this weekend.
A LOOK BACK AT ROAD AMERICA: VISIT FLORIDA Racing persevered through a frustrating weekend at Road America to bring the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette DP shared by Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel to a sixth place finish.
CONGRATULATIONS TO RYAN DALZIEL: Ryan Dalziel placed third over the Labor Day weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s race in Mexico City. In addition to his full-time driver duties at Visit Florida Racing, Dalziel also races full time in the LMP2 category for ESM in WEC competition.
PROMOTING PETIT: While the "Boys in Blue" are at Circuit of the Americas this week, the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette C7 DP "2-seater" car is working hard at the Mall of Georgia with our friends from Road Atlanta to promote the Petit Le Mans event. Georgia shoppers will get an up close look at the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA car to help raise awareness of the final round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on October 1st.
Ryan Dalziel “I’ve never done a double on the same day, I’ve only done it over the span of a weekend, I’m just hoping I figure out where all the buttons are! Both cars are quite different. We haven’t quite had the season we had anticipated at VISIT FLORIDA Racing but we’re still working hard. We’re going for race wins and we have two more opportunities to do get to Victory Lane. We just did a test with GM and continued to learn more about the car. We’re looking forward to getting there, Circuit of the Americas always puts on a good show for us.”
(All times Central Time Zone)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
10:25 AM – 11:25 AM Practice 1
4:25 PM – 5:25 PM Practice 2
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
9:10 AM – 10:10 AM Practice 3
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM Qualifying
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
8:00 AM – 8:20 AM Warm Up
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Grid Walk
11:35 AM – 2:15 PM Race
Visit Florida.com Racing 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Drivers:
Birth Date: 12th April 1982
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland UK
Residence: Windermere, Florida USA
Birth Date: 30 November 1969
Birthplace: Geel, Belgium
Residence: Westerlo, Belgium
Birth Date: 17 December 1980
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, Florida