Watkins Glen: Riley Technologies race report

Riley Technologies Takes Seventh Consecutive Watkins Glen 6 Hour Win Watkins Glen, NY (8 June 2010)-- Hard on the heels of a 1-2-3 sweep of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class podium at Lime Rock Park with Riley Technologies-based...

Riley Technologies Takes Seventh Consecutive Watkins Glen 6 Hour Win

Watkins Glen, NY (8 June 2010)-- Hard on the heels of a 1-2-3 sweep of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class podium at Lime Rock Park with Riley Technologies-based Mazda RX-8 machines built by SpeedSource Engineering, Riley Technologies (a division of SEA STAR GROUP, INC. Stock Symbol SGQZ) added yet another trophy to the mantle with a victory in the prestigious Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen as Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas scored a dominating victory.

Riley Daytona Prototypes led 179 of the 191 laps run after Scott Pruett set a new track record in qualifying to secure pole position.

"I love coming to Watkins Glen and I love racing here," said Pruett, who has now won 27 career victories in a Riley Daytona Prototype, including four in the Sahlen's Six hour event. "Getting my little piece of history here is an honor. It was a little scary today when the rain started coming down early in the race on part of the course - that always adds some extra drama."

The driver line up for the other leading Riley machine included one additional member of the driving crew as four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmy Johnson rejoined the GAINSCO Racing team for the endurance event, racing on the long "Grand Prix" circuit for the first time in his career.

"It was a lot of fun but I probably lacked a little confidence in traffic for maybe the first five or six laps," said Johnson. "But I only had 10-12 laps 'at speed' between the two short practice sessions I was a part of Friday. I'm thankful that the team invited me out and I'm glad I got the car back to them in one piece. I felt like I did a good job."

The GT class race saw the Riley Technologies-based Mazda RX-8 of Dempsey Racing' Leh Keen and James Gue lead a race-high 49 laps, only to suffer when their pit strategy was compromised with a missed radio call. But with two Mazda RX-8's on the podium and two RX-8's leading the GRAND-AM Driver and Team GT Class championship standings after the race, it was another stout day in both classes for Riley Technologies.

The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge was also in action during the Watkins Glen weekend, with the Stevenson Motorsports No. 6 Riley Technologies Chevrolet Camaro of Matt Bell matching a season-best qualifying result of fourth, only to suffer from contact on the opening lap. The sister Stevenson Motorsports of Al Carter and Hugh Plumb rallied in the No. 9 Riley Technologies Chevrolet to score fourth at the finish.

"The records that Pruett has is pretty amazing and this Six Hour was another textbook run from the Ganassi guys," said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. "The conditions were pretty challenging in the middle stages, but everyone did a great job and we didn't have any setbacks in the rain. The Dempsey Racing guys looked very strong right until the final stages, so it was tough to see thier race play out the way that it did but there was no question about the performance that they had. Hopefully we can have another good showing on both the GT and Daytona Prototype podiums again at Mid-Ohio."

-source: riley technologies

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , James Gue , Hugh Plumb , Lehman Keen , Al Carter , Matt Bell
Teams Stevenson Motorsports , SpeedSource