Riley Technologies 2009 season review

Riley Technologies Wins Sixth Consecutive Daytona Prototype Manufacturer Championship Mooresville, NC (23 October 2009)--Even for an organization that likes to move fast, 2009 has been a busy and successful year for Riley Technologies, a...

Riley Technologies Wins Sixth Consecutive Daytona Prototype Manufacturer Championship

Mooresville, NC (23 October 2009)--Even for an organization that likes to move fast, 2009 has been a busy and successful year for Riley Technologies, a division of Sea Star Group Inc. (SGQZ).

The Mooresville-based manufacturer designed, built, and delivered two all-new products--the Riley Track Day Car (TDC) and the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Chevrolet Camaro--which both successfully hit the market, and the race track, this year.

While the new projects saw the firm continue to grow its scope in the marketplace, the organization also continued its legacy of success on the race track, extending one of the most remarkable championship streaks in top-level racing as Riley Technologies won the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Manufacturer Championship for the sixth consecutive year.

Riley Technologies' Daytona Prototype design--the MK XI--won the pole position for the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the very first race it was entered in, and went on to establish Riley as the car to beat in Rolex Sports Car competition. When series regulations allowed new manufactures to enter with new designs in 2008, the competition grew even tighter.

But the same speed, support, and reliability that was designed in the very first Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype continued to come to the fore as the Riley-built chassis won eight Rolex Sports Car Series races overall in 2009. The mid-engine Daytona Prototype, which was designed with the extensive use of Siemens PLM Software technology, was a leader from start to finish after qualifying on the pole position in every round of the 12-race championship and leading 1,483 laps of the 1,803-laps run during the season.

In addition to winning the Manufacturers Championship, the Riley Technologies MkXX was also the chassis of choice for the No. 99 Gainsco Racing team, which won both the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series Driver and Team Championships.

The strong performance wasn't confined to the top Daytona Prototype category, as Riley Technologies also enjoyed a successful season of racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class, with the Riley GT Class chassis scoring wins at famed circuits nationwide including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen International, and Miller Motorsports Park.

"This has been a very exciting year for us as a company, and we are thrilled to win the Grand-Am Manufacturer Championship once again," said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. "Success on the track drives everything that we do. When we originally designed the original MK XI, we wanted to create a machine that was fast, safe, and reliable. We established a support system to give the teams everything they needed to be competitive, so we take a lot of pride in seeing our customers succeed on the track."

Riley Technologies has an extended legacy of success, developing competitive on-track products for the Rolex Sports Car Series, the American LeMans Series, the USAC Gold Crown Series, and the Japanese GT Championship Series.

-credit: rt

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series GRANDAM