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Defending Race Winner Visit Florida Racing  Returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

DRIVING AT MAZDA RACEWAY: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

CONTINENTAL TIRE MONTEREY GRAND PRIX POWERED BY MAZDA: Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a 2.238-mile track with 11 corners featuring the famous Corkscrew.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 4th with 84 points

DEFENDING WINNERS: After three consecutive third place finishes to open the year in 2015, Visit Florida Racing broke through for its first win of the season after the team’s best qualifying effort of the year of third with drivers Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook. That finish propelled the team into the championship lead with four races completed.

TEAM HISTORY AT LAGUNA: Visit Florida Racing has made seven previous starts at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with two wins at the track in IMSA competition. Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook stormed from the pole position in 2012 to take the win. Westbrook was joined by Michael Valiante last year when the duo won after qualifying third.

VISIT FLORIDA DRIVERS AT LAGUNA: Ryan Dalziel has made eight previous starts at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with his best finish coming in the form of a victory in 2008 while driving for Peter Baron. He stood on the podium for a second time at the track when he finished third for Starworks Motorsport in 2012. Marc Goossens has made six previous starts at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a best finish of second in 2008 while driving for Bob Stallings.

DALZIEL SECOND AT SILVERSTONE: While the Visit Florida Racing team competed at Long Beach with Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ryan Dalziel took part in the 6 Hours of Silverstone as part of his full-season WEC effort. He and his ESM team finished second in the event.

TESTING: Following the Long Beach event, the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP tested at Buttonwillow Raceway with both Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens on hand to take part.

DRIVER QUOTEBOARD:
Ryan Dalziel: “We are going into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a lot of motivation. When you look at how dominant the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP was in 2015 we are hoping to score our first win of 2015, and back to back victories at Laguna Seca. After we had a little bit of a struggle on the bumps of Sebring and Long Beach, this smooth surface should be a little bit more in our favor. After Long Beach we had a two-day test at Buttonwillow and we learned some things in regards to the car set up. Hopefully we can roll off the trailer strong at Laguna.”

Marc Goossens: “Laguna is a track where Visit Florida has some strong records. Both Ryan (Dalziel) and I have some good and competitive memories there so I think we will be ready to challenge for a podium finish again! The track itself is one of my favorites on the calendar. Like a couple of others, this is an old school track. You look for the limit but if you pass that limit slightly, you get punished! But it is a nice smooth layout with some elevation changes which challenges us and the cars. And I don’t think I need to explain the world renowned corkscrew corner! Like I said, I very much believe that the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP is up for a good showing in Monterey.”

Visit Florida Racing Scores Sixth at Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif. (16 April 2016) – Visit Florida Racing sprinted through the streets of Long Beach for 100 minutes of IMSA WeatherTech action to bring home a sixth place result with the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP on Saturday. Visit Florida Racing drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay both found themselves fighting traction…

Visit Florida Racing Set for Seventh on Long Beach Grid

Long Beach, Calif. (15 April 2016) – Visit Florida Racing driver Marc Goossens pushed the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP as hard as he could in qualifying for the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday.

Hunter-Reay Set for Long Beach Double with Visit Florida Racing

DRIVING AT LONG BEACH: Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay will co-drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype. Full season Visit Florida Racing driver Ryan Dalziel is participating at Silverstone this weekend as part of his World Endurance Championship commitment.

RHR PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: It’s safe to say that Ryan Hunter-Reay will be a busy guy this weekend as he’ll participate in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event for Visit Florida Racing and the Verizon IndyCar Series event for Andretti Autosport. In addition to drivers meetings, autograph sessions, and appearances, Hunter-Reay will have over nine hours of track time between the two series. He is the only driver to have ever done the IndyCar/IMSA double.

HISTORY AT LONG BEACH: Visit Florida Racing has campaigned the Grand Prix of Long Beach twice before. Last year, the squad took a podium finish of third with drivers Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook. In 2014, the No. 90 Corvette DP sustained damage from another car but persevered to a fifth place finish.

Long Beach 2014: Started 6th Finished 5th (Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante)
Long Beach 2015: Started 4th Finished 3rd (Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante)

Fighting Fifth in Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Visit Florida Racing

Sebring, Fla. (19 March 2016) – Visit Florida Racing survived a treacherous run through the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in a race that saw variable Florida weather conditions throughout. The 64th running of the historic event opened under dry and sunny conditions, followed by race-stopping torrential rain, and finished under the always challenging…

Visit Florida Racing Sixth on Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Grid

Sebring, Fla. (18 March 2016) – The rich annual tradition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will continue on Saturday as the 64th running of the annual endurance challenge will take the green flag at 10:40 AM ET (live broadcast: FOX Sports 1, 10:30 AM ET). The race marks Round 2 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as…

Visit Florida Racing Heads South to Sebring International Raceway

DRIVING AT SEBRING: Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens, Ryan Hunter-Reay will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

RACING AT ‘HOME’: In terms of racing at the home track, none comes closer to home than Daytona International Speedway for Visit Florida Racing. But a close second is Sebring International Raceway located some 150 miles south of the Visit Florida Racing race shop. For Ryan Dalziel, who lives just outside of Orlando, Sebring is his home track, and with Ryan Hunter-Reay 150 miles south of the Sebring road course in Fort Lauderdale, it’s also the closest stop of his four IMSA races.

HISTORY IN MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING: On the way to finishing second in the IMSA championship last year, Visit Florida Racing took third in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. It was the second consecutive podium of the year for the Daytona Beach, Florida-based team.

Sebring 2014: Michael Valiante, Richard Westbrook, Mike Rockenfeller – Started: 7th, Finished: 10th
Sebring 2015: Michael Valiante, Richard Westbrook, Mike Rockenfeller – Started: 10th, Finished: 3rd

VISIT FLORIDA DRIVERS AT SEBRING: Between the three Visit Florida drivers, the trio has 19 starts in the 12 Hours of Sebring. They’ve actually even been teammates in the race before with Dalziel and Goossens driving together in 2013 for SRT Motorsports and then Hunter-Reay and Goossens teaming together in 2014 for SRT Motorsports. Dalziel claimed a class win in 2012 and Hunter-Reay took home a class win in 2011. All three target their first overall win in the 12 Hours of Sebring this weekend.

SEBRING FUN FACT: Ryan Dalziel’s wife Jessica grew up in Sebring.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP PURSUIT: Heading into the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, Visit Florida Racing had a firm focus on emerging as the 2016 IMSA Champions. That championship pursuit got off to a good start with a third place podium finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona after 736 laps of racing. Visit Florida Racing looks to carry that momentum into this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY FRESH OFF INDYCAR SEASON-OPENER: Ryan Hunter-Reay took a podium finish of third in the Grand Prix of St. Pete on Sunday. He will be back in IndyCar action through the streets of Long Beach April 15-18 when he will pull double-duty and also race the IMSA event for Visit Florida Racing.

RAZZLE DAZZLE: If you’re flying into the Orlando airport on your way to Sebring, stop by HotKrust Panini Kitchen located at 8015 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite #200 in Orlando and try the Razzle Dazzle Panini – the signature panini, designed by and named for Ryan Dalziel! The panini, made up of Slow-Cooked Steak, Strawberry Jam, Sriracha-BBQ Sauce, Onions, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Cilantro and Provolone Cheese, is the store’s best seller!

TROY’S TAKE: “I’m excited. I think you’re always excited coming back to a big event like this. We know we have good durable race cars, we proved at Daytona that the Visit Florida car was good. The drivers are getting more and more used to the car. I’m really happy with the driver line up that we have. We come here to win, everyone does, but I have a lot higher hopes here at Sebring. After the test last month, we learned a lot over those two days so I’m hoping we can keep that going. As far as the learning curve of the team with the new people we’ve put in place this year between the drivers and the engineering, I think we’ve advanced a lot in a short period of time. So I’m hoping that the learning curve keeps growing the way that it is. I’m excited, I think we have a good shot at winning the race.”

DRIVER QUOTEBOARD:
Ryan Dalziel: “We left Daytona encouraged by strong points and a reliable car, but not as encouraged about our pace so it was great to have a good test at Sebring. We’re looking forward to getting back for the race. Obviously we have a Visit Florida sponsored car, and it’s my home race, so for us it’s important to have a good showing. We feel like we’re pretty quick. We want to put on a good show for all of our Visit Florida guests. We’re encouraged by the speed of the car and hopefully when we get back to Sebring for the race we’ll still have that same speed we had at the test.”

Marc Goossens: “Obviously we’re looking forward to Sebring because we already went through the first test of getting in a full race at Daytona. We had some issues prior to that race, but then we had a very good solid race and came away with a podium. I think that the Rolex 24 was the first opportunity to really get to know everybody on the team. Understanding how to best communicate with the engineers and everything. I’ve teamed with both Ryans (Dalziel and Hunter-Reay) at Sebring before so it’s good to have some experience with your teammates and we all know what we have between the three of us. This type of car (DP) at Sebring is new for me. I’ve done this race many times back in the ALMS days and then again with IMSA in GT cars, but never in a DP. So it’s new but that’s why testing is good. That’s why we had a two-day test prior to the 12 hours. It’s looking good, I’m very optimistic about it. We had a solid race in Daytona and so now I’m just expecting to go two steps higher on that podium and pull off a win here!”

Ryan Hunter-Reay: “Following our podium finish at the Rolex 24, I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP.  The Sebring 12 hour is one of the highlights of the year for me and it just so happens to be my home race.  Visit Florida Racing had a great test making strides in developing the car’s setup to suit this notoriously bumpy race track.  Marc (Goossens), Ryan (Dalziel) and I all have very similar driving styles which makes the setup process much more efficient.  I’ve been fortunate enough to take home a class victory in this historic event, now we’re all focused on taking home the overall victory.”

Visit Florida Racing Takes Home Podium Finish in Rolex 24 At Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fla. (31 January 2016) – With scores of Visit Florida guests and hometown supporters on hand, Daytona Beach-based Visit Florida Racing drove to a third place finish after 24 hours of hard-fought racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It matched the team’s best result in the race after finishing third last year…

Visit Florida Racing to Open 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Rolex 24 At Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fla. (25 January 2016) – It’s an exciting time of year for Visit Florida Racing as the team kicks off its 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign at the squad’s home track of Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Not only does the event take place just down the road from the Daytona Beach-based Visit Florida Racing shop, but it also just so happens to be the biggest event of the year for the team – the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the most grueling and challenging race on the schedule.

For Visit Florida Racing, which had its best season to date last year on the way to a second place finish in the 2015 IMSA championship standings, a Rolex 24 win is the goal but at the same time, the team is maintaining its focus on the big picture – the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar championship title.

Good Weekend of Testing in Daytona for Visit Florida Racing

Daytona Beach, Fla. (10 January 2016) – Visit Florida Racing spent a productive three days testing at its home track just down the road from the team headquarters, at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship staged its annual ‘Roar Before the 24’. For the Daytona Beach based-team, it was the first opportunity for its new driver line-up of Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel and Ryan Hunter-Reay to turn laps in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

The test saw a mix of Florida weather conditions with clouds, sun, and even some rain drops throughout the test. The various conditions were beneficial in preparing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona which sees a wide range of weather conditions throughout the 24 hours of racing.

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