Dominating day for Riley Technologies at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis, IN (27 July 2012)— Riley Technologies has experienced success at tracks around the world, and that record of success grew once again on Friday as Riley Technologies won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, and then backed that up with a 1-2 finish in the Rolex Sports Car Series to make history in both the GRAND-AM events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ford-powered Riley DP of Starworks Motorsport had a big day at the Brickyard - Photo by John Dagys
Ford-powered Riley DP of Starworks Motorsport had a big day at the Brickyard - Photo by John Dagys

The Brickyard Grand Prix at the Speedway marked a new chapter in GRAND-AM history as Indianapolis Motor Speedway staged its first-ever sports car race at the fabled facility.

Additionally, the Rolex Series race-winning Starworks Motorsport squad capped off the day by accepting the first-ever North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) trophy after putting the teams Riley Technologies MK XXVI DPG3 to excellent use in just its first season of competition to claim the inaugural NAEC crown.

“This was just an outstanding day,” said Riley Technologies Vice President Bill Riley. “My father had some success with his designs here at the Brickyard in IndyCar, and for us to take two wins the first time GRAND-AM races at the Speedway is huge. Congratulations to CKS Autosport and to Starworks Motorsport. They’ve had an incredible season and we could not be more proud of their accomplishments. We’ve all been looking forward to racing at the Speedway for so long that to come out and win both races is a huge thrill for everyone at Riley Technologies.”

Lawson Aschenbach and Eric Curran gave the Riley Technologies Camaro its first victory of the season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) in the inaugural 2.5-hour Brickyard Sports Car Challenge. Driving the No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R, the pair combined to lead a total of 25 laps in the 59-lap race. Grand Sport (GS) winner Lawson Aschenbach led the first 15 laps of the race before handing over the lead to another Camaro driver, Matt Bell. Bell led 24 laps before finishing eighth.

The race was red-flagged for 25 minutes due to a torrential downpour, the field regrouped and provided an exciting green flag finish. Aschenbach’s co-driver and GS winner Eric Curran closed the race by leading the final 10 laps.

“I don't think it really sunk in until we crossed that checkered flag and kissed those bricks,” said Aschenbach. “An awful lot of history, all of the races and winners and everything that happens here really does mean something. I just have to say I'm really happy and thankful for everybody at Chevrolet and CKS Autosport.”

After a day that saw a seemingly endless cycle of rain and dry running, the Rolex Series first ever event at the Brickyard yielded yet another Riley Technologies 1-2 as the firm took its 87th GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype win. The No. 2 Riley of Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais started fifth and ran the fastest lap of the race with a 1:22.712-second lap on the way to claiming victory in the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix event. Rolex Sports Car Series championship leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas finished second to make it a Riley 1-2.

The duo now hold an 11-point advantage over the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Riley. 2011 marked Riley’s eighth consecutive Manufacturer Championship, and Riley’s DP designs have 87 wins to their credit, including eight consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona victories.

Source: Riley Technologies

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Tags grand-am, naec, riley, rolex, starworks