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Dalziel secures Viper drive
11 February 2013
Ryan Dalziel has secured a drive with the SRT Motorsports team that will see him at the wheel of a Viper GTS-R for this summer's Le Mans 24 Hours.
Dalziel, a former winner of the LMP2 class at the Circuit de la Sarthe, will replace Ryan Hunter-Reay in the SRT line-up for the races at Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.
The deal will run alongside his commitments in the World Endurance Championship with defending LMP2 champions Starworks Motorsport, although it means Dalziel won't be at the wheel of its HPD model at either Le Mans or Fuji due to his deal to compete in the Viper.
“I am really excited about this opportunity,” he said. “It was something we started to discuss last year but the timing just didn't work out with my 2012 commitments. But now the timing is perfect.
“I have to thank all the great people at SRT for making me feel at home in such a short time and for giving me this amazing opportunity to work for one of the coolest and most enthusiastic manufacturers in the world right now.
“Their long-term commitment to this program and their unbelievable performance at Petit Le Mans in 2012 is what made me push to be part of this program. I am humbled to be part of the factory SRT Viper GTS-R program and be reunited with Riley Technologies and Bill Riley. So much of my success as a sportscar driver has come in Riley Technologies designed cars and I know that this program will continue that success for SRT Motorsports and myself.
“Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans are three of the toughest races in the world. To go back to all three races after winning them all last year, in another competitive car, such as the SRT Viper is a dream come true for a driver, and I am going to do everything I can to help put the team on the top step of the podium.
“Along with thanking SRT Motorsports for allowing me to continue my commitments with Starworks Motorsport, I have to thank Peter Baron and Alex Popow for allowing me to pursue this excellent opportunity to work for a manufacturer. Both Alex and Peter were part of this decision process and I appreciate their support more than they know.”