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Shop Tour of Riley Technologies: GM's Place for Camaro Racecars
The return of the Camaro to GM showrooms in 2010 also heralded its return to road racing circuits, both here in the United States and abroad. Domestically, one of the highest-profile race series is the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, run as the featured support event for the Rolex Sports Car Series. With major modifications permitted only to improve safety, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is made up of two classes of race cars.
The big-bore Grand Sport (GS) class features a rules package that allows exotic international machines like the Porsche 996 and 997, Nissan 350Z, BMW M3 and others to go head-to-head with American iron such as the Dodge Challenger, and of course the new Camaro. The smaller Street Tuner (ST) class is GRAND-AM's offering to the import and compact car crowd, with the Mazda RX-8 and Mazda MX-5, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, Dodge SRT4, Mini Cooper S, Acura TSX, a variety of BMWs and other models eligible. To keep competition tight, the source of the cars entered is closely controlled, and if you want to race the new Camaro in Grand Sport, you must go through Riley Technologies.
"Itís a little bit different in the Grand-Am and Europe. The way they do the rules they typically like one company to build the cars," explains Kenneth Swan of Riley Technologies. In the Continental Series you must order a car from an approved provider of whatever model you choose. For the Camaro, Riley is the sole source.
Riley Technologies specializes in Daytona Prototypes cars - with wins in the 24-Hours-of-Daytona for six years in a row now, Riley has become the one to beat. They own and operate their own team along with building cars for other customers. Riley has had their hands in almost every form of road course racing, from late-model NASCAR, to GT2 Corvettes, to Trans-AM cars. PowerTV took a shop tour of Riley in February to see the Camaro race cars in production at this Mecca of road course racing.
The Camaro racecar debuted last fall at Virginia International Raceway in the season-ender for the Grand Sports (GS) under the Stevenson Motorsports banner. The car's blue and yellow racing livery was modeled after the 1969 Trans-Am series Penske Sunoco Camaro, one of the most famous and recognizable racecars in Trans-Am history.
The third fifth-gen Camaro off the GM production line became the car Riley used for testing.
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