TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 9, 2006) – Two months before the 2006 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge season ramps up with the opening round in Sebring, newly formed Riley Racing has announced its intention to campaign a Volvo S40 T5 for all 10 rounds of the 2006 SPEED Touring Car season.-30-
The team, managed by father Chris (who is the current President of Stamford Volvo in Stamford, Conn.), has also named German Volvo aftermarket product supplier Heico Sportiv as its official technical partner for 2006. In that role, Heico Sportiv will help analyze chassis and engine data throughout the year.
Riley’s son, former Volvo factory driver Jameson, will pilot the team’s S40 T5 after driving for Team Volvo the past two seasons. In addition to World Challenge, the 20 year-old will also drive for the Heico Sportiv team in an S40 T5 in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring this June in Germany.
Chassis development assistance for the Riley Racing Volvo will come from a familiar name in World Challenge as Autosport Development, which currently runs two Pontiac GTOs in SPEED GT, will lend its expertise.
“My father and I are excited about teaming up to race in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series in 2006,” the younger Riley said. “The Volvo S40 that we’ll be using should be very competitive, and with the help of Heico Sportiv and Autosport Development, we should be up to pace very quickly. We’re all looking forward to this season.”
Updates on the progress of the team’s efforts to transform a street car shell into a SPEED World Challenge racing machine can be followed as it is released through feature articles on the team’s Web site at www.rileyracing.com.
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