With a newly installed Bosch ECU and some other updated components, we went into the first race of the 2011 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with high-hopes for success and more laps led at Daytona International Speedway. Our weekend started extremely well, and all of the new components worked exactly as we wanted. After two great practice sessions and some minor modifications to our updates, AJ Riley (@ajriley) got in the car to qualify in the afternoon. Unfortunately AJ had a minor fire inside the car when he had just started his flying lap and was forced to abandon his qualifying effort. The fire was quickly extinguished, and no one, including the car, was hurt.

AJ started the race in 26th place out of 41 ST class cars, and quickly made progress to get us into the top 20. After about an hour and 10 minutes of great driving, AJ had gotten the DRIVEN Clothing Company Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 up into 10th place, and brought the car in for fuel and a driver change. His brother, Jameson Riley (@jamesonriley), got into the car and with quick and great work by the Riley Racing crew and was back on track in 10th place. With some GS class traffic and a lot of race left, Jameson maintained a consistent pace, ready to take advantage of any mistakes or opportunities with the cars in front.

With our fuel strategy, we were hoping for a full-course yellow, so that we could come in a top-off our fuel and reduce the amount of spots we would lose on track. We got the full-course yellow…but it was for our car. Race done. We had a mechanical failure that required Jameson to park the car on-track.

Look for the DRIVEN Clothing Company Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

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