Birmingham: Riley Technologies race report

Double Podium Sweep for Riley Technologies at Barber Motorsports Park Leeds, AL (12 April 2010)-- Riley Technologies (a division of SEA STAR GROUP, INC. Stock Symbol SGQZ) has had countless good days at the race track, but this Saturday's ...

Double Podium Sweep for Riley Technologies at Barber Motorsports Park

Leeds, AL (12 April 2010)-- Riley Technologies (a division of SEA STAR GROUP, INC. Stock Symbol SGQZ) has had countless good days at the race track, but this Saturday's GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event will long be counted as one not to forget, as the firm dominated the podium in both the Daytona Prototype and GT Classes at Barber Motorsports Park.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas took a 6.8-second victory over Michael Shank Racing's Ozz Negri and John Pew in the Porsche 250 to grow their Rolex Team Championship points lead to 21 points over the Michael Shank Racing No. 60 Crown Royal XR entry.

Series newcomers Starworks Motorsport demonstrated how competitive a Riley-equipped firm can be straight out of the box after the team rounded out the podium with drivers Mike Forest and Ryan Dalziel bringing the No. 8 BMW-powered Riley across the line in third place to make it an all-Riley podium celebration.

But the champagne spraying was far from over for Riley Tech following the Daytona Prototype victory lane celebrations, as the GT Class also saw all three positions on the podium occupied by RIley Technologies GT Class machines after the Mazda RX-8 scored a dramatic 1-2-3 finish for the first time in Series history.

Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal emerged as race winners to make it two wins in a row after taking the Homestead Miami race victory in March. The No. 30 3-Dimensional.com Mazda of Todd Lamb and Jordan Taylor finished in second place as pole-winner Jonathan Bomarito and Sylvan Tremblay rounded out the podium with their run to third at the finish.

Riley Tech is pursuing an unprecedented seventh consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Manufacturers Championship, and the strong performance in Alabama helped that effort move forward as the firm grew its lead in the championship to 27 points after three rounds of Rolex competition.

While it might not be evident by the results sheet, the many fans on hand and those watching at home on SPEED can attest to the tough competition that the Rolex Series once again staged during the he 2.75-hour race. Even though the settings at the Barber facility are spectacular, the Riley dominance was far from a walk in the park, as multiple manufacturer machines in both classes staged excellent campaigns in round three of the 2010 championship. But it was the Riley machines that closed the day out on top once again.

"I can not remember having a day like we did today, so I am really excited about the results," said Riley Tech VP Bill Riley. "This is all down to the hard work our guys do back in the shop, and the effort that all our teams do to be ready for these races. This win is great for the manufacturer points, and hopefully we can keep growing our lead at VIR."

One telling moment came just past the middle stages of the race when a competitors car made hard contact with the No. 8 machine, forcing the other entry out of the race while the No. 8 continued on and raced to a podium finish.

"That was a pretty hard hit between those two guys, but I was proud of how our car stayed in one piece and Ryan (Dalziel) kept putting down fast laps right to the end of the race," continued Riley. "You have to be there at the finish to get the points you need to be competitive in the championship. And as you could see once again today, the racing is very tough here in the Rolex series so I'm really happy for out guys and even more for our teams."

-source: riley technologies

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Scott Pruett , Emil Assentato , Memo Rojas , Jordan Taylor , Jonathan Bomarito , Chip Ganassi , Jeff Segal , John Pew , Michael Shank , Todd Lamb , Mike Forest
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing