New Jersey Motorsports Park
Riley Goes 1-2-3 in GT as Ganassi Wins Again
For the second consecutive year, Riley Technologies-based Mazda RX-8 machines built by SpeedSource Engineering finished a dominating 1-2-3 in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT class competition at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Leading the GT pack across the line was the No. 70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 of Jonathan Bomarito and Sylvain Tremblay after two hours and forty-five minutes of racing in record heat and humidity.
Bomarito opened the race from third on the grid and after turning the car over to Tremblay, reported to the medical center for a respite from the heat as he took on fluids before returning to pit lane to assume the controls from Tremblay. The surging Team Sahlen’s No. 42 machine of John Edwards gave chase in the final laps, finishing just .7 seconds behind as Edwards and co-driver Wayne Nonnamaker celebrated their second podium finish in the last three races. The Mazda RX-8 triumph is the third GT Class victory of the season for the Riley Technologies chassis with Turner Motorsport having scored two wins so far in 2011.
The 101st race for the Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype also brought a familiar result as Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas scored their fifth win of the 2011 season. The championship-leading squad didn’t show its full form in qualifying as Pruett took fourth on the grid, but the team showed its colors once the race took the green flag, fighting back from a penalty to cross the line nearly four seconds ahead of the field.
"The car came to us, actually,” said Pruett. “It kept getting faster and faster. It was a little difficult trying to make a decision but we were still running high-17s on the old tires, so we opted to stay out. We just had a great car and just drove away there at the end."
“The conditions were pretty incredible and everyone on both sides of the pit wall was really put to the test today,” said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. “Congratulations to Sylvain and Jonathan, they’ve been knocking on the door all year long and it all came together for them this weekend. Given how competitive the GT class is, to finish 1-2-3 with three different teams is really remarkable so congratulations to the guys on a hard-fought day. The fact that Memo and Scott don’t use a cool suit on a day like today I think says a lot about the work that went into keeping the cockpit temperatures bearable in conditions like this. Hats off to Ganassi on what is already an incredible season.”
By: riley technologies