Riley Technologies Camaro Returns to Continental Tire Challenge Podium in Trois-Rivieres First-ever night race for historic event MOORESVILLE, NC (16 August 2010)-- The Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres, with four decades of history already in the...
Riley Technologies Camaro Returns to Continental Tire Challenge Podium in Trois-Rivieres
First-ever night race for historic event
MOORESVILLE, NC (16 August 2010)-- The Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres, with four decades of history already in the books, added a new chapter to the famous street race held in the small city in Quebec as the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge staged its first-ever night race on the track this weekend. With a concrete-lined 1.51-mile circuit that winds through the streets and under the famed Porte Duplessis arch, the Trois Rivieres event is a driver and fan favorite and the run into the darkness only intensified that experience.
While the race setting was new and different, there was still a familiar outcome because after darkness covered the circuit and the field raced to the checkered flag, the Riley Technologies (a division of SEA STAR GROUP, INC. Stock Symbol SGQZ) Chevrolet Camaro once again was part of the post-race podium celebrations as Jeff Bucknum and Matt Bell overcame a tough start to the day and brought the No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Camaro home third for Stevenson Motorsports.
For Bell, who earlier this year brought the Camaro its first pole position and first laps at the point of the GRAND-AM field, the run to the podium was all the more remarkable given how the day started for the young Californian.
"In the first practice session, I was looking for the limit and unfortunately, I found it--it was the wall!" Bell commented in the post-race press conference about the contact that the Camaro suffered early in the day. "There was a lot of damage, and unfortunately we had also lost a steering rod but I didn't know it until I hit the other side of the car on the way back into the pits, so the car was pretty beat up."
With two practice sessions, qualifying, and the race all set to take place on the same day, Stevenson Motorsports had to rally to have the car ready to go in qualifying as there was damage to both sides of the machine. But the team, which was the first organization to field a Riley Technologies Camaro as it debuted the machine at Virginia International Raceway in the 2009 season-ending race, had the car ready to go in time for qualifying as Bell scored ninth on the Grand Sports grid.
That grid spot helped to translate into a late-race run to third place as Bucknum showed great pace despite not getting a single lap in the car until after the race started.
"It's great to have this Sunoco Camaro back up on the podium," said Bucknum. "The way the day went, I hadn't been in the car until it was my turn to jump in during the race! You never know what that's going to be like to just hop in like that, but it turned out fine today!"
"The team did an excellent job again, working to have the car back on track as quickly as they did," said Bell. "It's a strong platform and we keep improving every weekend. I think that for us to come back from that and still make it to the podium says a lot about the Camaro and the way that Stevenson has continued to get better as we keep learning more about this car."
With just one round of racing remaining, the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Challenge season is racing to a close as the Camaro entry continues to impress in its rookie campaign in GRAND-AM competition.
"We love seeing our customers up on the podium and the Stevenson guys did a great job once again this weekend," said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. "The Continental Tire Challenge is so competitive and to come back the way these guys did and still make it to the podium is a great result for all their hard work. Hopefully we can end the season with another strong finish out at Miller Motorsports Park next month."