At this point RDM is looking at accomplished drivers, but the drivers will be eventually working a Driver Development programme.
Bill Riley has Cup experience with splitters and rear wings, which will be useful in working with the 'Car of Tomorrow.' He has done a lot of work on wings, and thinks the concept makes sense to him. Riley is looking forward to starting from scratch and engineering with a clean sheet of paper on the 'Car of Tomorrow.' Riley said he's always wanted to have an ownership role in NASCAR.
Part of the five-year business plan includes hiring of Dragonfly Capital Partners, a financial company looking outside the box in seeking investors. The company is at the Brickyard this weekend.
Matthews will now run the new Riley Motorsports Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype team with Marc Goossens of Belgium as lead driver and Matthews as co-driver.
Goossens is one of three drivers who are sharing a Robert Yates Racing Busch ride. The other two drivers are Elliott Sadler, one of RYR two Cup drivers, and Stephen Leicht, a RYR Development Driver and heavily tipped to fill one of the two vacant seats on the 2007 RYR Cup team. Both Yates drivers, Sadler/No.38 M&M's Ford, and Dale Jarrett/No.88 UPS Ford, are moving on.
Leicht, the youngest Cup qualifier this weekend, failed to make the race. But he still has the Busch race qualifying later Saturday at O'Reilly Raceway Park for the Saturday night Kroger 250 Busch Series Race. Sadler starts twenty-seventh Sunday, while Jarrett starts thirty-fifth.
Bill Riley has a history with RYR, dating back to 1996 and in 2003 as a chassis engineer. He left two weeks before D'Hondt joined RYR. Riley currently is working with RYR on its road-racing programme and his next task is to go to Watkins Glen next weekend and win the Cup race.
Riley plans to continue his involvement with the Daytona Prototype programme, including his new team with Matthews. Presently Riley is involved with the race management of the SunTrust Daytona Prototype team owned by Wayne Taylor, but over Memorial Day weekend it was announced that the parties decided the partnership ends this year, as it is time to move in different directions and onto new things.
Last season Taylor and co-driver Max Angelelli won the Rolex Series Drivers' Championship and Riley won the Manufacturer's Championship. Riley chassis are on 16 of 26 DP's running this year's Rolex Series. The current points leader in the Drivers' Championship, Jorg Bergmeister just won another Rolex Series race last Friday at Barber Motorsports Park with co-driver Colin Braun in No.76 Krohn Racing Riley Ford DP.
D'Hondt thinks more cars in NASCAR will raise the level of competition.