Scottish driver Ryan Dalziel admitted he was over the moon after his one-off drive with Action Express Racing turned out to be a winning run in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Dalziel, who will drive for Starworks Motorsport for the remainder of the season, teamed with Terry Borcheller, Joao Barbosa and Mike Rockenfeller at the wheel of the #9 Porsche-Riley as the team made its debut in the race.
After 24 hours of close racing, the #9 crew beat the veteran #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW-Riley entry, driven by Scott Pruett, Max Papis, Memo Rojas and Justin Wilson with the two cars split by less than a minute at the finish.
“I'm completely over the moon but I don't think it's really sunk in yet what we've achieved,” Dalziel reflected post-race. “It was just a crazy range of emotions in the final minutes of the race but obviously I'm delighted with the outcome.
“I've never before been in a perfect race where every pit-stop, every tyre change, every fuel-stop has been absolutely spot on. Everyone at Action Express Racing delivered for this event, it's as simple as that. We were all quick behind the wheel and I think around the midnight mark we really began to believe we could have a shot at the win.
“The Ganassi cars are the benchmark for this event and we matched them for pace. For 16 hours we raced with them on the same lap, a tremendous achievement, but ultimately we won this race thanks to our own pace and not through anyone else's misfortune! It's an incredible feeling and to have a win here on my resume is fantastic as a professional sports car driver. I feel my career is re-launching in 2010 and this is obviously a perfect start!”