Racing friends at Daytona

At Daytona, FL, in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 2 1/2 hour race, a few friends have qualified their cars very well for the start of the race later today. In 5th position on the grid is Jameson Riley, driving (for the first time at Daytona) the Riley Racing Mazda RX-8. Co-driver will be AJ Riley, Jameson’s younger brother.

Daytona 2010

Riley Racing Mazda RX-8

Also, on the grid right next to that car, in 6th position, is the MINI Cooper S #197 of RSR Racing, driven by Sarah Cattaneo and VJ Mirzayan.

RSR Racing

And, 13th position is the #196 MINI Cooper S driven by Randy Smalley, principal of RSR Racing, and Owen Trinkler.

RSR Racing

RSR Daytona garage area

 

Post race comments: Both MINIs were running fairly well, #197 with Sarah on board was up to 2nd place for quite a while, but finally both broke engine parts and finished poorly.

Jameson Riley lead most of the race in ST class in the RX8, then had to come in for a touch more gas and was in 13th with AJ in the seat when an inexperienced driver took the car out in a crash.

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