Brumos Rileys Coming Soon
“The #16 car finished 13th, behind the Donohue / Law Fabcar
(we wrote on June 30, in a race report covering the Brumos 250
from Daytona): “new Rileys can’t come soon enough
for the Brumos team.”
And now Brumos Racing team owner Bob Snodgrass has
announced that the team has purchased two Riley Technologies MKXI
chassis – which will be powered, like the Fabcars, by Porsche
3.8 liter engines.
The first Brumos Racing Riley will debut in Red
Bull #58 livery at Barber Motorsports Park on July 30, while the
second car will appear at Infineon Raceway on August 26, in the
familiar Brumos Racing white, red and blue livery.
It seems as
though it isn’t the end for the Fabcar chassis though, as
Snodgrass explains: “Our goal is to add Riley to our overall
team efforts and continue to (with?) the development of
the FABCAR chassis which we began with in 2003. With the addition
of the Riley cars we can commit further development time away from
the race weekends for our FABCAR chassis.”
“I would like to thank Brumos Racing for
the opportunity to further develop the FABCAR chassis and with the
time now available we can work on the parts of the chassis that
we have identified and test our updated configurations in conjunction
with Grand American’s rules,” said Fabcar’s Dave
Klym. “I look forward to setting some more records with FABCAR
as we did when the Daytona Prototype class started in 2003,”
added Klym, perhaps rather optimistically.
and JC France, in the #59 Fabcar, were the first overall winners
of a Rolex Series event in a Daytona prototype – on March
1 2003, at Homestead. The Fabcar was soon overshadowed by the second
generation DPs from Bill Riley and Max Crawford, and even a major
update for the start of the 2006 season didn’t release front-running
pace from the Fabcars.
The best finish
so far this year for the Donohue / Law pairing in #58 has been fourth,
in the Rolex 24, but their 'regular' finishing position has been
some way behind the front-runners, and they’re 116 points
behind driver points leader Jorg Bergmeister (358 – 242).