Mid-Ohio: Riley Technologies race report

Turner Takes Rolex Series GT Class Win With Riley Technologies at Mid-Ohio All-Riley Podiums in both GT and DP competition MOORESVILLE, NC (26 June 2010)-- Ever since the team first hit the track in the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the ...

Turner Takes Rolex Series GT Class Win With Riley Technologies at Mid-Ohio
All-Riley Podiums in both GT and DP competition

MOORESVILLE, NC (26 June 2010)-- Ever since the team first hit the track in the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the championship-winning Turner Motorsport organization has been convinced of the potential of their Riley Technologies-chassis based BMW-powered M6.

But it wasn't until this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that the team fully had the opportunity to show exactly what kind of pace the car was capable of as drivers Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen broke through to take a dramatic debut win for the BMW M6-bodied Rolex GT Class entry in the EMCO Gears Classic. The win was a dramatic turn-around for the team, which was unable to make the start of the Glen 6 Hour event after an accident in practice.

"I have to hand it to the Turner Crew," said team owner and manager Will Turner. "They were able to completely rebuild the #94 M6 in time for Mid-Ohio. Not only did they rebuild it in time, they managed to make it better than ever and give Bill and Joey a winning car today. We knew we had our work cut out for us for this weekend's race, and the team definitely rose to the occasion."

The GT Class podium was another example of the engineering prowess of the Riley Tech design netting yet more champagne as the top three GT class finishers all sported Riley Tech chassis underneath.

The victory capped another highlight weekend for Riley Technologies (a division of SEA STAR GROUP, INC. Stock Symbol SGQZ), which also saw the firms GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Chevrolet Camaro score a track-record setting debut pole position and lead its first-ever laps in competition with Matt Bell behind the wheel of the Sunoco Fuels Camaro for Stevenson Motorsport.

Not to be outdone by the strong showing in the GT Class and Continental Tire competition was the performance of the Riley Technologies Daytona Prototypes, which finished the race 1-2-3.

After the Ganassi Racing machine of Memo Rojas broke the track record in qualifying with his last-lap dash to the pole, the duo combined for their fifth win of the season on race day as Riley Technologies grew its commanding lead in the Rolex Sports Car Series Manufacturers Championship. Another BMW-powered Riley also posted the fastest lap of the race with Scottish-born racer Ryan Dalziel behind the wheel of the No. 8 Corsa Care machine he shares with Mike Forest.

"This was one of those weekends where everything comes together just like you hope they will," said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. "We're proud to have our customers perform like this with our products. We have seen the tremendous amount of effort it takes to be competitive in the Rolex Series, and my hat is off to the Turner guys for coming back from Watkins Glen to win like they did. It is great to see the Camaro getting better every weekend in the Continental Tire Challenge, and hopefully we can soon see one of our cars on top of the podium there as well."

-source: riley technologies

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Memo Rojas , Mike Forest , Matt Bell
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing