Riley Technologies Prepared to Launch Championship Defense as 2010 GRAND-AM Season Kicks Off at Daytona; Riley-built Chevrolet Camaro to Make Daytona Race Debut as Riley Also Looks to Return to Rolex 24 At Daytona Victory Lane in Both GT ...
Riley Technologies Prepared to Launch Championship Defense as 2010 GRAND-AM Season Kicks Off at Daytona; Riley-built Chevrolet Camaro to Make Daytona Race Debut as Riley Also Looks to Return to Rolex 24 At Daytona Victory Lane in Both GT and Daytona Prototype Classes
Mooresville, NC (27 January 2010)--The 2010 GRAND-AM racing season will kick off this weekend at Daytona International Speedway and Riley Technologies, a division of Sea Star Group Inc. (SGQZ), will be ready to help their customers find victory lane in both the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at the "World Center of Racing."
Friday's Fresh From Florida 200 is the opening round of the newly-renamed Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and will mark the debut appearance at Daytona International Speedway for the Riley Technologies-built Chevrolet Camaro. The machine first raced in the season-ending event at Virginia International Speedway in October, and sparked significant interest as six different Camaros are entered in the 2.5-hour race at Daytona.
In addition to the comprehensive parts and spares support package that teams in the Rolex Sports Car Series have become accustomed to, Continental Tire teams will also benefit from having a Riley Technologies dedicated support engineer on-site, providing technical support during the full race weekend.
While there is a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the Camaro's first taste of competition on Friday, the weekend will see the drama build as the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will once again see a strong Riley Tech presence in both the Daytona Prototype and GT Classes on the 3.56-mile oval-based infield road circuit.
Riley Technologies will support a class-leading 10 Daytona Prototype entries, as well as eight different GT-Class machines in the twice around the clock classic, which has seen Riley Tech emerge as the overall race winner for five consecutive seasons, with the firm also adding a GT Class victory in 2008.
The GT Class presence for Riley Tech includes seven different Mazda RX-8 entries. 2008 Rolex 24 AT Daytona GT Class Champions SpeedSource Engineering utilized the Riley Tech GT chassis in building the RX-8 machines, and will sport a two-car campaign in the 2010 Rolex 24 along with one entry from Racers Edge Motorsports, two from Patrick Dempsey's Dempsey Racing, and two from Team Sahlen.
The eighth GT Class entry sees long-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competitors Turner Motorsport bringing a BMW M6 entry, with a driver line up that boasts Bill Auberlen, Boris Said, Joey Hand, and Paul Dalla Lana.
"Having three Riley Daytona Prototypes finish 1-2-3, all within sight of the winner after 24 hours was incredible last year," said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley, who will also be directly deployed in the event as he works with SpeedSource Engineering. "The GT-class race could be even more competitive this year as there are some very talented drivers with strong teams up and down the pit lane. Getting the chance to see the Camaro race at Daytona is going to be an absolute thrill, and hopefully we can start the season off with a strong result here this weekend."
The mid-engine Riley Tech Daytona Prototype, which was designed with the extensive use of Siemens PLM Software technology, will target an unprecedented seventh Rolex 24 At Daytona pole position in qualifying on Thursday afternoon, with Saturday's race slated for a 3:30 PM ET green flag.
-source: riley technologies