Ryan Dalziel will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Rolex 24 at the Twelve Hours of Sebring with a victory.
The opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship saw the Extreme Speed Motorsport HPD fail to make it to the finish, but the team are confident that the bumps and bends of Sebring will suit the prototype machine.
“Deep down I think we knew that Daytona wasn’t going to suit our package as much as the DP’s, but the P2 cars have always been good at Sebring even against the P1 cars,” said Dalziel. “It is the nature of the track, with a lot of medium to high-speed corners that helps the car. HPD have a lot of knowledge there — they have won this race a number of times. We are looking to reignite our championship challenge at Sebring. It is always one of my favourite events of the year. I am looking forward to it but I am sure there will be some emotionally tough moments during the weekend. But nothing would make me more proud than for us to get a win and to be able to dedicate it to my father-in-law [who passed away during the Daytona weekend].”
Dalziel will also be launching a range of his own merchandise at the Sebring weekend, with all proceeds going to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, a charity close to his heart after his niece was diagnosed with the rare disease.
“It is something I have thought about for years,” added Dalziel. “It is very difficult to put a deal together where you are involved in the design and the marketing. With my connections to Retts Syndrome and continuing to raise funds and awareness, all my personal profits will go directly to the Retts Syndrome Research Trust. I am very proud of that.”