Indianapolis- August 2, 2001 Tom Gloy Racing took delivery of and tested the first new Riley & Scott Mk VIII Trans Am chassis on July 30 and 31 at Button Willow Raceway in California. The Qvale Mangusta-bodied chassis was soon as quick as the ...
Indianapolis- August 2, 2001 Tom Gloy Racing took delivery of and tested the first new Riley & Scott Mk VIII Trans Am chassis on July 30 and 31 at Button Willow Raceway in California. The Qvale Mangusta-bodied chassis was soon as quick as the team's current car, in which defending BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series champ Brian Simo led flag-to-flag in winning the series' most recent round at Sears Point Raceway.
Owner Tom Gloy and driver Brian Simo were pleased with the turnkey delivery, and confirmed the new car will debut before the end of the season. "We were impressed with the first test, and there's a list of promising areas of development we'll pursue with R&S", Tom noted. "When we bring it to a race, it will increase our chances of defending Brian's series championship," he added.
Riley & Scott VP Bill Riley was present for the test. "The new car exceeded our expectations for a first test", Bill said. "We're building a second car for Tom Gloy Racing and then will start on a run of five cars for delivery after the current season".
The famed US racing car manufacturer announced in October, 2000 that it had taken on the Mk VIII BF Goodrich Trans-AM project in response to customer demand for an updated version of the multiple championship winning MKI. The R&S Mk I first raced in 1991, and underwent revisions in 1995 and 1996. Many of the more than 40 R&S chassis are still racing in the series. The car is without question the most successful customer chassis ever raced in the long history of the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series. Design changes on the Mk VIII have focused on geometry to optimize the BFGoodrich tires used in the series.