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."