Lanarkshire’s Ryan Dalziel says he’s delighted and excited to have landed the chance to drive for Glasgow Rangers in Superleague Formula.
Dalziel has spent the last few years in the US racing in Champ Car, the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series – but he remains a proud Scotsman who last year took his Pacific Coast Motorsport team-mate Alex Figge home to Glasgow to sample the local culture.
Regular readers of this site (or the 26-year-old’s Bebo page) will, of course, have known about his appointment in advance of the announcement earlier this week. But now the news is finally official, he has been able to speak about what it means to him to represent the local club of his childhood home.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected to represent Rangers – I’m excited to be a Scottish driver racing for a Scottish club, it means a lot.
“I’m obviously thrilled to be driving for Rangers having grown up in and around Glasgow. Coincidently, my race helmet’s colours are almost identical to those of Rangers so in many ways this is a perfect fit.
“This is a great new series, one that both football fans and race fans can really get behind. I’’m excited to be returning to Donington Park for the inaugural race even though it’s been seven years since I last raced there – which seems hard to believe.”
Rangers’ commercial manager, Stuart Cain, sounded as if he couldn’t believe his luck at getting Dalziel. He said: “We are thrilled to have Ryan represent the club in Superleague Formula. He has great international experience, he comes from Glasgow and he is a Rangers fan – it really is a perfect combination.”