Riley Technologies Sweeps Three GRAND-AM Classes At Road America

Riley Technologies Sweeps Three GRAND-AM Classes At Road America

Victories in Daytona Prototype, GT, and GX Classes Makes More History

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Elkhart Lake, Wis. (13 August 2013) – On what proved to be a very big weekend for the firm, Riley Technologies once again made history.

With an overall GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race victory in the Road America Sports Car 250, as well as wins by teams utilizing designs from Riley Technologies in both the Rolex GT and GX classes, the weekend marked the first time that one company has swept a GRAND-AM Rolex Series event with wins in all three classes.

Riley Technologies has long been synonymous with success, but the three-class victory was a new highlight for the firm, which is targeting its 10th consecutive GRAND-AM Manufacturer Championship in Daytona Prototype competition this season.

The No. 8 Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley of Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer crossed the line first as both drivers celebrated their first-ever GRAND-AM victory. The entry was poised to win earlier this year at the Circuit of the Americas round in March, but lost out to another Riley machine for the victory, making the Road America triumph that much sweeter for the duo.

“This was an emotional win for me,” Hartley said. “I’m not going to lie – I had a lot of flashbacks to COTA. But I knew we had it covered, so I just brought it home.”

The Rolex GT class battle was yet another competitive affair, with six different drivers leading. But at the end of the 2 hour and 45-minute race, it was the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 of Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana that emerged ahead of the field to score the win with the Riley Technology Rolex GT class design.

The sister No. 93 Turner Motorsport entry of Michael Marsal and Maxime Martin shared the podium spoils with their run to third. It marked the third Rolex victory of the season for the machine as Turner looks to make a strong close to the championship battle in the final three races of the season.

Rounding out the trio of GRAND-AM victories at Road America for Riley Technologies teams was the GX class win for Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez in the No. 00 Visit Florida Racing/SpeedSource Mazda6.

The GX class Mazda6 machines debuted this season at Daytona in the Rolex 24 after SpeedSource Engineering developed the Riley-designed GT design for use in GX class battle. The innovative SpeedSource Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel has staged a history-making campaign, breaking through for a victory at Road Atlanta and going on to take six successive wins including the Road America triumph this weekend.

“It was a very big weekend for our teams, and it is very gratifying for everyone here at Riley to have this kind of success,” said Riley Technologies Vice-President Bill Riley. “With GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series both racing at Road America, this was a very big weekend and to have this kind of result is incredible. The championships in all three classes are going to be right down to the wire again this year, so hopefully our teams can continue to have this kind of weekend in GRAND-AM.”

Despite a motor issue that halted their efforts and resulted in a 14th place finish, Starworks Motorsport continues to lead the Rolex Series team championship points with their Riley-BMW combination.

The next event on the 12-race GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series calendar for 2013 will be the series debut appearance at Kansas Speedway on August 17. The oval-based circuit has produced high speeds in testing, but with some significant braking zones, is expected to produce another highly competitive event.

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