YELLOW DRAGON MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN 2009 GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES (Atlanta, GA, August 19, 2008): Yellow Dragon Motorsports LLC announced today that the team has purchased a new SpeedSource/Riley RX-8 GT from SpeedSource...
YELLOW DRAGON MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN 2009 GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES
(Atlanta, GA, August 19, 2008): Yellow Dragon Motorsports LLC announced today that the team has purchased a new SpeedSource/Riley RX-8 GT from SpeedSource Race Engineering. The team intends to compete in the Grand Touring Class in the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
Jack Smith, Yellow Dragon Team Principal, said "We looked at the records of several makes racing in Grand-Am, and we believe the Mazda RX-8 GT is a proven winner. Combined with the proper drivers, the Mazda is a definite championship contender. The Rolex Series is the premier competition for Prototype and GT cars in the United States and is rapidly increasing in international stature. We want to be part of that growth."
"The Mazda GT family just keeps on getting stronger and the addition
of Jack's group only solidifies our position for the 09 Championship, his
goals are the same as ours, no compromises and a keen eye on winning. We
are proud to have him as a customer and that he chose a SpeedSource/Riley
RX-8 for his attack on the 2009 GT campaign."
Sylvain Tremblay SpeedSource Race Engineering
"It's great to have Jack Smith on board. He is going to be very pleased
with his decision to go with a SpeedSource/Riley Mazda RX-8."
Bill Riley Riley Technologies
"Everyone at Mazda is pleased to have another car joining the grid in the
Rolex Series and especially pleased to have Jack and his team as part of
the Mazda family. When we established the GT program in 2006, we set it
up as a customer program and the good news is that it has worked. With
the #69 car scoring the victory at Watkins Glen in June...and very
competitive runs by the Hypersport car and the Racer's Edge crew, we have
proved the value package that the RX-8 creates. When customers can
experience those kinds of results, it helps the program grow. We wish
Jack and his group all the best and we will do all we can to ensure their
John M. Doonan Manager, Motorsports Team Development Mazda North American Operations
Yellow Dragon Motorsports LLC brings together decades of combined motorsports experience, including several championships in both professional and amateur race series. The team plans to run the full 2009 season in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Yellow Dragon is attending the Grand-Am Rolex GT Open House on September 8, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida. We look forward to meeting competitors interested in participating in the 2009 season.
Smith stated that the team has an opportunity for well-qualified drivers with strong resumes and the funding to compete in the Rolex Series with a very competitive car and team.