Visit Florida Racing has taken delivery of its brand-new Gibson-powered, Riley Technologies/Multimatic-designed LMP2 car which it will field in the reconstructed Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.
Upon receiving the Riley Mk. 30 on Saturday, Dec. 10, the team brought the machine to Carolina Motorsports Park to complete a few laps ahead of the upcoming two-day December Test at the Daytona International Speedway.
Both Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande, previously announced as the team’s full-time drivers for the 2017 season, spent time in the cockpit, marking their first experience at the controls of the car which stands as one of the four LMP2 cars built to the new-for-2017 regulations for the platform.
For the time being, the team has opted to field a global-spec LMP2 car rather than a Daytona Prototype international (DPi) machine. While the base Riley Mk. 30 could be turned into a Mazda RT24-P in the future, possessing the default version of the car makes Visit Florida Racing eligible to compete outside of North America and, most notably, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The test on Saturday allowed the Daytona Beach-based squad to complete an initial shakedown of the car ahead of its first outing under official IMSA sanction, set to take place Dec. 13–14.
The Visit Florida team will take part in the race debut of the WeatherTech Championship’s new-look Prototype category at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 28–29, 2017.