Visit Florida Racing have announced that they will field a Riley Mk. XXX in the Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year. The team will debut the car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the new-for–2017 Prototype rules in the series.
Though the bodywork will look significantly different, the fan-favorite “Boys in Blue” livery will be featured on the Gibson V8-powered entry, along with continued support from Visit Florida.
The decision marks the second Riley/Multimatic global LMP2 chassis announced for the IMSA class. Peter Baron’s Starworks Motorsports is also fielding a Mk. XXX next year.
The Riley will be fielded alongside other global LMP2 prototypes and the LMP2-based Daytona Prototype international. Riley’s history and success in sports car racing was highly regarded when choosing the chassis.
“I’m really happy to have these big elements of our program finalized,” said VISIT FLORIDA Racing Team Owner Troy Flis. “We did our homework about all the options, and we are very excited to be going this direction. Bill and Bob Riley have an incredible record of success, and the partnership they’ve established with Multimatic for this project only adds to what they are capable of. Having the Gibson and the WEC bodywork means that we’ve got a lot of options as this class comes to fruition and starts to develop. This is an exciting time for everyone in IMSA, and we are very happy to be this much closer to the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona.”
With the DPi spec only being approved for IMSA competition, the Mk. XXX global spec LMP2 will bring more options to the table for the team, though no indication has been made that Visit Florida will race anywhere else.
The Riley Mk. XXX is the final global LMP2 to be revealed after both Oreca and Ligier have revealed their cars and the Dallara LMP2 was leaked in an Italian motorsport publication.
Next week, the IMSA WeatherTech Championship has a test scheduled at Daytona International Speedway. Neither the Riley Mk. XXX nor Visit Florida Racing are on the entry list, but another IMSA test scheduled for mid-December could be the first outing for the car.