After fixing the engine issues that plagued the team at their last event, Watkins Glen, Riley Racing returned for the season finale of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

A problem in the first practice session kept the team off-track, but was quickly fixed in time for Jameson and AJ Riley to get on-track for the second practice session. Jameson started the session to dial-in a setup for qualifying and the race, with AJ driving the second half of the session.

AJ qualified the DRIVEN Clothing Company Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 in 21st place and would have his work cut out for him at the start of the race the next morning.

The 2 1/2 hour endurance race started well for AJ, with the driver quickly gaining 3 positions within the first 2 laps. The team was on a one-stop, no tire change strategy to keep the car on track as much as possible, whereas most other teams stopped twice during the race and took new tires. AJ drove the RX-8 hard and kept his nose clean, allowing  the team to run in 4th place for much of the first half of the race, and pitted at halfway during a full-course yellow.

Jameson got in the car and back into the race in 19th place before reshuffling from future pit stops of other teams. With multiple passes and lap times consistantly quicker than the cars ahead, Jameson had the Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 into 9th place before one last full-course yellow. The race restarted with only a few laps to go, and Jameson could only pass one more car before the checkered flag to finish in 8th place.

The team will continue work on the Mazda RX-8 to prepare for the 2012 season and will be pushing next year to achieve their first podium finish.

As the 2011 season comes to an end, Riley Racing would like to thank all of its fans and partners for their continued support!

Endurance racing truly is a team effort, and an effort at which everyone at Riley Racing works hard with passion and determination.

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