Riley Technologies celebrates fourth consecutive Grand-Am Constructor Championship Mooresville, NC (25 September 2007)-- No matter what the sport, a single championship can be hard enough to come by. Back-to-back championships are an even...
Riley Technologies celebrates fourth consecutive Grand-Am Constructor Championship
Mooresville, NC (25 September 2007)-- No matter what the sport, a single championship can be hard enough to come by. Back-to-back championships are an even greater challenge, and three-in-a rows are nearly unheard of.
But this year, Riley Technologies reached the rare air of some of motorsports' greatest legacies with the now-legendary MK XI Daytona Prototype taking a fourth consecutive Grand-Am Constructor Championship in the highly competitive Rolex Sports Car Series.
Since taking the pole position in its very first race, the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Riley Technologies MK XI rapidly became the clear choice for teams looking for success in Daytona Prototype competition. With a total of forty-three feature-race wins from fifty-four total race outings and an amazing 80% winning average, the MK XI's record stands out as one of racing's most successful designs.
"We couldn't be happier to keep this streak of championships alive," said Riley Technologies Vice President Bill Riley. "We were confident that we had a good package when we first hit the track with the MK XI, but given how competitive the Rolex Series is, there was no way to anticipate this much success. From the very start, we've been fortunate to work with some very talented drivers and some excellent teams, and we've constantly been driving for further success with this chassis."
The famed constructor was nearly perfect in the win column during the 2007 season, taking thirteen victories from fourteen events and forty-one of forty-two podium positions.
For the fourth season running, the MK XI also took both the Drivers and Team Rolex Sports Car Series Championships, with the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac-Riley of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney taking the laurels after a thrilling final round at Miller Motorsports Park. The No. 99 entry started every race of the 2007 season from the front row including a remarkable ten times from pole.
"After the season we have had, to come out as champions is a dream," Gurney said. "Bob (Stallings) put together an amazing team and it's been a pleasure to drive for him this year. Jon and I have worked together so hard, and the team as a whole has worked hard to get us to a place where we can win championships. We broke all the Grand-Am records, and I believe we deserve this title."
The MK XI didn't just demonstrate great speed and strength during the 2007 season, but it also showed it's longevity as the AIM Autosport team enjoyed a strong rookie season in the Rolex Sports Car Series with the MK XI chassis #001, the very first MK XI produced and the same car that Ganassi took to a championship in 2004.
Riley Technologies closed out the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series season in style, taking the top four positions in the SunChaser 1000k. The Riley-Matthews Motorsports team scored the team's maiden victory to cap off a strong rookie season before Riley officials headed to Las Vegas for the season-ending banquet to collect the now familiar-looking Constructors Championship trophy from Grand Am officials.
The 2007 season success wasn't contained to just the Daytona Prototype class, as Riley Technologies' Rolex Sports Car Series GT-Class chassis, the MK XV, also proved to have the right stuff, taking three wins in a strong debut season. The Rolex GT Class has enjoyed healthy fields and some fierce competition, and the 2008 season is expected to be even more competitive as more teams have signed on to compete with the MK XV.
"To get three wins in such a competitive class in our first year was a good start," said Riley. "Hopefully as more teams are out there racing the XV, we can do even better next year."
Riley Technologies, which opened up a 40,000 square foot facility in Mooresville in late 2006, was happy to add to the trophy case, but as the Daytona Prototype category moves into a new generation of cars for 2008 and beyond, will not be resting on their laurels.
"We have been encouraged by how much commitment we've received from our customers even before we've had our designs approved by Grand Am," said Riley. "Our record speaks for itself, but we feel like the support we've provided on and off the track has been part of what's helped our teams be so successful and we're confident that as we move forward, we'll be able to continue to provide our customers with the all the tools they need to be successful."
In addition to their involvement in Grand American, Riley Technologies also build cars for the American Le Mans Series, the USAC Silver Crown Series, and the Japanese GT Championship Series.