Road racing veteran Ryan Dalziel has signed to make his Pirelli World Challenge debut with TruSpeed Motorsports. The deal is in addition to his ongoing Grand-Am Rolex Series program with Starworks Motorsport.
The Scot – who lives in Windermere, Fla. – will be out in the TruSpeed car this weekend for the season-opening double-header at St. Petersburg. Dalziel will drive the No. 46 Privacy Star/Entrust Porsche for the California-based team as they return to Pirelli World Challenge action.
The deal also sees Ryan reunited with TruSpeed Motorsports team manager Tyler Tadevic. They worked together in the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, when Ryan was with Pacific Coast Motorsports.
“I've been watching World Challenge racing for a few years and have been really impressed with the series so I'm really happy to be joining TruSpeed and to go for the championship for them," said Dalziel. “Tyler and I have been trying to make a deal work for a couple of years now and, eventually, all the pieces fell into place in the past two weeks.
“TruSpeed are a great team. They won the championship in 2011 and were on the top step in races last year so I'm hugely honored to be joining them. I'm at a great point in my career just now where great opportunities like this are coming my way. I have to say a big thank you to Charles and Rob Morgan, along with Privacy Star and Entrust, for making this all come together. It's cool to get reunited with Tyler and a couple of other guys there that were from the Pacific Coast days. Hopefully we can get the Porsche on top.
“It's nice to go back to sprint races where it's one driver and one car and you can kind of concentrate just on being selfish. TruSpeed are pretty much putting everything into it at this point and they're going out there to see what the package is and I think we're all expecting to do well. We're not really going to know until we get there how good we're going to be but I'm expecting good things.”
Tadevich added, “We are so stoked that Ryan was available to race for us, and hopefully we can get things off to a good start in St Pete. World Challenge is incredibly competitive and we feel like we've put everything we can into this program to be successful.
“Kudos to the crew for how the whole team has put in that extra effort to put this program together on such short notice. This is also a big weekend for our team partner Privacy Star and we are looking forward to activating the partnership, and having a lot of guests on hand this weekend from Syniverse as well as Bridgehampton Investments.”
The Pirelli World Challenge opener is part of the IZOD IndyCar Series event at St Pete. Round 1 is on Saturday, March 23, with Round 2 on the following day.