Jan
01

UPDATE: 2009 Season

Posted by Riley Racing in News

Due to budget restrictions in this tough economy, we didn’t do much racing this year. In fact, the only race in which we competed was the season finale at Virginia International Raceway with our Castrol SYNTEC Mazda RX-8 in the KONI Sports Car Challenge ST class.

We were able to go over 3 seconds faster than in 2008 at the same event, and were only half a second from the fastest car of the weekend. Although we were the fastest and highest placed Mazda RX-8 in the field, the Mazda RX-8 still needs some help from the Grand-Am officials to be more competitive.

Jameson qualified the car in 11th place, the highest qualifying Mazda RX-8 in the field. After about 2 1/2 hours into the 4 hour race, AJ experienced fuel pump failure, and so he had to bring the car behind the wall for repairs. After half an hour in the paddock, the Riley Racing mechanics were able to replace the faulty fuel pump and get the Mazda RX-8 back on track.

We ended up finishing 16th, definitely not representative of what our car was capable.

Riley Racing plans to be at the 2010 season opening event during the Daytona 24 hr weekend, and are working to put together a budget to compete in the entire 2010 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season.

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