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New engine for SAMAX.

With a disappointing finish at the Rolex 24 in the rear view mirror, SAMAX Racing showed up at the Homestead-Miami test with a BMW powerplant in the #2 Riley.

Defending GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami winner Team Sigalsport is the only other team to be powered by BMW, but the SAMAX line-up of Ryan Dalziel and Henri Zogaib was clearly excited by the new engine.

“For us, it's really good,” Dalziel said, “We were definitely down on power at Daytona, and I think what we have now is very similar to the high-end Fords and Pontiacs that are out there. It was a decision we had to make - it was more of a decision on what do we go with, and BMW Dinan seemed to give us the best support.”

As a team, the goal is becoming a power in the Rolex Series week in and week out.

“We wanted to be a number one team rather than a five or six, and that was a lot of our thought process,” Dalziel continued, “For sure, [engine builder] Steve Dinan is pushing very hard. He's happy he has a built in programme to work with, and a team like SAMAX is exactly where he wants to be.”

The championship goal took a hit with a disappointing 20th in class at the Rolex 24 for the #2 machine driven by Zogaib but, for Dalziel, it was even worse, with mechanical difficulties forcing a 23rd place finish among the Daytona Prototypes.

“For us, it's important to have a really strong finish at Miami,” the Scot concluded, “Especially after the disappointment at Daytona, it's important for us to come back strong."


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Dalziel/Duno/Enge/Primat - SAMAX Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley duo Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer celebrate their first Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Road America [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The Level 5 Motorsport entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
The Victory Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Mark Weber]
#55 Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley - Bouchut/Tucker/Zabinski [Pic credit: Grand Am]
#55 Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley - Bouchut/Tucker/Zabinski [Pic credit: Grand Am]
#55 Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley - Bouchut/Tucker/Zabinski [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Ryan Dalziel and Henri Zogaib celebrate SAMAX victory at Laguna Seca
Dalziel/Zogaib - SAMAX Motorsport BMW-Riley
Long/Russell/Thornton/Varde - Automatic Racing BMW M6   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Luhr/McNish/Rockenfeller/Zogaib - SAMAX Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: grand-am.com]

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