Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dalziel Holds off Pruett to Win Mid Ohio Rolex Series Finale

Ryan Dalziel was the Mid Ohio race winner for Ford
Ryan Dalziel held off repeated challenges from Scott Pruett's Ganassi Telmex team and Alex Gurney of Gainsco to win the season finale at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course today. Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas merely had to start the race to take the prototype season crown but they pressed hard the entire race length and nearly pulled out the win. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty finished third after starting on pole. After being were passed early by Ricky Taylor of SunTrust Racing (who later dropped out with mechanical problems), Gurney and Fogarty were in contention all day long in a race that was marred by numerous cautions for spins and incidents. The sun finally shone on Mid Ohio late this afternoon and the Brumos Racing Team was especially pleased to see that as their 4th place finish in GT was enough to clinch the season crown for the class. After starting at the back, Brumos drivers Leh Keen and Andrew Davis manhandled their Porsche all day to get back to the front. The Mustang of Stevenson Motorsports driven by Robin Liddell and Ronnie Bremer took the GT class win on the day over the Speedsource Mazda of Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal. There were lots of happy teams and crew members along pit road after the race and I'm sure there will be some celebrations this evening. Here's a quick slide show of some of today's frantic racing action at Mid Ohio.


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