of a challenge than racing in Pirelli World
Challenge today. St. Pete was a couple of
the hardest races I’ve done in a long time,
and I was beat beyond belief. It’s been a
while since I did a 45-minute, one-driver,
one-car, thrash-it-to-the-end type of race.”
With its profile building every season,
Dalziel thinks it would be foolish to
dismiss the prodigious talent within it.
“I think people underestimate the
series,” he says. “One of the reasons I
wanted to do it is because it’s something
a lot of drivers are talking about. Johnny
O’Connell’s won Le Mans a bunch of times,
plus we have guys like Randy Pobst, Andy
Pilgrim, Peter Cunningham, Lawson
Aschenbach, Jack Baldwin and at least a
dozen other very talented drivers. I don’t
care what class it is, it’s good, hard racing.”
(FAR LEFT) Johnny
Cadillac are the
reigning GT champs.
(LEFT) Jack Baldwin,
winner of St. Pete’s
GTS opener, beat
Andy Lee and Peter
RIDICULOUS TALENT ABOUNDS
After winning the P2 class at the
12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of
Le Mans, then adding the P2 World
Endurance Championship crown to his
accomplishments in 2012, it might seem
odd to find Scotland’s Ryan Dalziel
grinning like a loon in the PWC paddock.
But according to Dalziel, who’s been
hired to drive a TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3
to within an inch of its life, the caliber of
talent in the PWC GT class rivals anything
he faces on an international level.
“Last year in WEC, I got to race at those
amazing venues and win an amazing
championship,” he said after the season
opener at St. Petersburg. “But the way I
look at it, racing in the WEC was no more
NEEDS RIDICULOUS CARS
Tired of seeing certain cars left out of North
American endurance racing because they
aren’t easy to fit into a pre-existing
category? Bored with spec series and
spec cars? PWC is the antidote, where the
door is open to exotics and oddball
sedans that need a competition home.
For starters, how about Mercedes AMG
SLS GT3 vs. Audi R8 LMS vs. Volvo S60
vs. Porsche 911 GT3 vs. Nissan GTR vs.
Cadillac CTS-V vs. Chevrolet Corvette.
And that’s just the top-tier GT class.
Dip down to GTS, and you get Scion FR-S
vs. Porsche Cayman vs. Acura TSX vs.
Kia Optima vs. Ford Mustang Boss 302R
vs. Lotus Exige vs. Chevy Camaro vs.
Nissan 370Z vs. BMW M3 V8. Wow!
The Touring Car classes are loaded with
buzzing hornets like the Mazdaspeed3,
Honda Civic Si, Volkswagen Golf GTI and
Jetta GLI, Volvo C30, Honda Fit, Kia Rio,
Mazda2, Ford Fiesta and others that once
had pampered lives as daily drivers.
V8s, turbo inline 5s, twin-turbo V6s,
four-cylinders, and a tin-top melting pot