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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.

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The team started the ambitious project of installing and sorting a new Bosch ECU and wiring system for our PitchEngine Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 at the beginning of August. The team knew it was going to be a tight schedule to have Bosch build a custom ECU and wiring harness, install the system, work out any bugs and issues, and have the car sorted in less than 4 weeks, but we saw it as a project that was certainly possible.

As the saying goes, “expect the unexpected.” The team ran into multiple teething issues with the new system, including chasing a misfire for an entire day, thus wasting valuable development time. As this entire Bosch system is new to the team, it isn’t a simple plug-and-play system, and requires not only learning how to install the system, but also how to operate and modify the tuning parameters for the ECU.

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Riley Racing has partnered with renowned film maker and time-lapse producer, Sean Stiegemeier, to capture, direct, document, and produce an exclusive video of the Riley Racing team’s weekend at Miller Motorsports Park during the season finale event taking place on September 9-11.

Sean Stiegemeier (@sstieg) is most recently famous for his time-lapse video of the Icelandic volcano eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in May 2010. The video is attached to this release, but can also be found on Vimeo. With over 2 million views and more than 14,000 “Likes”, Sean demonstrated his unique ability to capture a destructive force and produce a stunning piece of work.

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Riley Racing is pleased to announce PitchEngine® as the Title Sponsor of the Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 for the Miller Motorsports Park season finale event as part of the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series.

As Title Sponsor, the Riley Racing Mazda RX-8 will display a PitchEngine branding and color scheme for the single event, as well as custom racing suits provided by Oakley, and online marketing. Riley Racing partner, DRIVEN Clothing Company, will also produce special edition t-shirts and hats for the event, which will be given away in several contests during the event online and at the track.

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